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Signpost Series Webinar - Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate & biodiversity emergency


On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 21st May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme to discuss celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Brendan's presentation was followed by a questions and answers session, facilitated by Pat Murphy, Head of Teagasc Environment KT Programme.

Conclusion:

When properly supported, our farmers can be the ‘first responders’ to our climate and biodiversity emergency. Let’s start by designing better, farmer friendly supports that are:

  • Local - design, management etc greater pride of place, ownership
  • Fair - money earned should reflect both effort and outcomes
  • Flexible - ensure freedom to farm, to innovate, to adapt (weather, disease..)
  • Simple - e.g single, integrated whole farm sustainability plan, minimise need for receipts, support to secure permissions, payments etc.
  • Long lasting - continuity of support, of payments etc builds trust
  • Engaging - Positive (language, incentives), inclusive, fun, celebratory.

View presentation below

Watch webinar recording below

Find out more about the series here: Sustainable Agriculture Webinars