When the Green Low-carbon Agri-Environmental Scheme (GLAS) was first introduced in 2015, there was a major focus put on biodiversity. The scheme has nearly 50,000 participants and encompasses a large part of the agricultural land in the country.

However, in the intervening years, water quality has been a much bigger issue for Irish farmers and the Department alike, with fears that a continued decline in water quality would see the loss of Ireland’s nitrates derogation.