One particular issue is where the proposed integration of environmental objectives into agricultural policies would lead to lower employment or incomes in rural areas. Such a change is likely to be acceptable only if some additional rural development measures are provided to help offset the potential negative effects. Thus the effective integration of agricultural, environmental and rural development policies is clearly the way ahead, and the meeting point for these three different approaches must be a commonly agreed and comprehensive statement of rural policy objectives.
2. Many high nature conservation value farming systems will not survive without continuing financial support aimed at promoting locally appropriate rural development which reflects environmental, agricultural and social priorities.