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  • Application of a pro rata methodology should be consistent over the LPIS territory.
  • This technical guidance deals with PG and scattered ineligible features. Where a particular landscape feature located in PG is eligible or ineligible solely depends on the choices made by the LPIS authority regarding cross-compliance (GAEC 7). Those choices have to be consistently applied when such landscape elements are scattered in the grassland.
  • The proposed pro rata measurement methodology cannot be used to circumvent the Regulation eligibility exclusion rule of 100 trees per hectare.
  • The systematic methodology assumes pro rata grassland classes that demonstrate both spatial probability of the scattering and temporal stability. Spatial probability is ideally described by the known concepts homogeneity and isotropy of a pepper and salt pattern but potentially also by transitional density-scale patterns. In such conditions the real challenge to define these density classes in such a way that the border of two adjacent density classes can be easily delineated on the source image. Transitional grasslands, in the sense of evolving over time, are not in scope.
  • During LPIS quality assessment, different pro rata categories shall be regarded as separate land cover types. Therefore, classifying one pro rata category (e.g. grassland60) as another pro rata category (grassland90) is considered a classification error (like classifying an arable land to any grassland type). A non-conforming verdict will follow even if the observed area difference is conforming.
  • Regardless whether the systematic or the sporadic method is used to determine the reference area or MEA, whenever that value is brought in the LPIS one must assume it will be used in farmer’s applications during the years that follow. Since pro rata parcels are inherently risky, such parcels should always be actually inspected during an OTSC. If either the method used is imprecise or the grass density has substantially lowered, the declared area will differ from the determined area, to be used for the calculation of the payment. This “area not found” will also enter the statistics. Implementation choices should strive to minimize the number of such cases.

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