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Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a Government Department in the UK.

The overarching challenge for Defra is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper.

As we build a low carbon, resource efficient economy, Defra helps people to adapt to changes, deals with environmental risks and makes the most of the opportunity we now have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment. This will help see us through the difficult economic times, volatile food and energy prices and a changing climate which all make us more aware that we can’t take our environment for granted


Activities and services:


  • Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

    RPA was established on 16 October 2001 as an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). RPA is responsible for the CAP payment functions formerly delivered by the Defra Paying Agency and the Intervention Board. The full development of RPA will take until 2005 and involves a major change programme.


Geographic coverage:

Defra works across England. The address list covers Oxfordshire

Key contacts



For organisations that have a geographical coverage that stretches beyond Oxfordshire, the most accessible contact for Oxfordshire activities is listed. M - These groups run a membership subscription scheme, but will very often provide initial advice free of charge NL - Newsletter This Directory may not provide the total coverage of the activities of the groups listed. It concentrates on environmental and nature conservation activities. Disclaimer:  ONCF cannot accept liability for any losses due to the inaccuracy of any information in this Directory.