PR Eligiblity profile

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  • The eligibility profile is the application schema of the LPIS custodian that describes the land cover classes which are considered as eligible for payment for a given area-related aid scheme or support measure. The introduction of pro rata grasslands requires that suitable entries of land cover types (classes) are introduced in the eligibility profile.
  • The objective of any pro rata methodology is to obtain a number to quantify the proportional profusion of grass or species that can be grazed, as predefined by the regulatory framework. However, the systematic method, as used for LPIS capture, works through an intermediate class-specific reduction coefficient. For the sake of clarity: this is different from the sporadic, parcel-specific assessment where only the abundance of grass would be considered.
  • To define a pro rata class for the eligibility profile, several criteria must be considered and addressed:
  • what is the physical reality on the ground, or better, what is the precise nature of the scattered non-eligible features?
  • how can PG of that land cover class be distinguished from other grasslands? Some parameters could be scattering pattern, scattering density, phenology, topography, location: i.e. any photointerpretation or observation context on top of the normal spectral signature.
  • what spatial characteristic of the class is both visible and stable in time? These are prime candidates for the delineation and on-the-spot check observations. Some class properties could be edaphic (soil conditions) or topographic (slope, hilltop location) and may drive the time of the image acquisition and required consultation of ancillary data.
  • if the class is not the result of such physical constraint but of a typical particular agricultural land use, how can the presence of such practice be evidenced? What is the ancillary information that can be provided by the farmer?
  • does the class exhibit a regional variation or trend? How can it be accommodated?
  • since most of the traditional fully eligible grasslands are already in the LPIS, consider the recovery of delineation instructions for these complementary classes where possible.
  • Use the findings of the above criteria to evaluate whether you are using the optimal sources for pro rata data capture. Refine your findings with the experiences gained while setting a class reduction coefficient.
  • Use these finding for semantic definition and detailed description of pro rata classes. It is highly recommended to annex imagery illustrations that can serve as keys for visual photo interpretation or training data for automatic classification.
  • Share the findings and documentation with farmers, LPIS operators and OTSC inspectors.

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