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National Agri-Environment Conference

Event Time 9:30 - 16:00
Venue Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort, Co. Galway

From Burren Beginnings to Locally Led EIP's

The sustainability of Ireland's food exports has become a key selling point for achieving higher prices and for access to the most lucrative markets. For this to continue Irish farmers will need to continue to adopt sustainable practices and increasingly provide evidence of continual improvement. The Agri-Environmental Conference focuses on new developments in locally led European Innovation Programmes. For example The Burren Programme, Aran LIFE and the Hen Harrier project.

Lunch will be available on the day to purchase for €15.

Basis/Iasis points will be updated in due course.

Conference Agenda

10.00: Opening & Welcome to the Burren - Michael Davoren, Burren Farmer

Session I. 20 Years a Growing and still learning….
Chair: Pat Clarke, Teagasc Galway/Clare

10.15-10.45: The Burren Programme: ‘20 years a growing’ - and still learning! - Dr. Brendan Dunford, The Burren Programme

10.45-11.15 Complimentary Tea/Coffee and refreshments

Session II. Can locally led be done on a National scale?
Chair: Catherine Keena, Countryside Management, Teagasc

11.15-11.45: Agri Environment Policy Challenges in CAP reform - Jack Nolan, DAFM

11.45-12.15: From Aran LIFE to Caomhnú Árann EIP - Patrick McGurn, Aran LIFE

12.15-12.45: Challenges in establishing a large EIP project - Fergal Monaghan, The Hen Harrier Project

12.45-1.00: Beef tasting session from Devenish and Dawn Meats Hen Harrier - Project upland grazing trial

1.00-1.45 Lunch

Session III. EIP’s
Chair: Maura Farrell, NUIG

1.45-2.30 EIP Projects – Challenges in starting a new EIP

  • Water Quality: A concerted effort to meet our objectives. (Local Authorities Waters Programme). - Ruairí Ó Conchúir
  • SUAS EIP (Sustainable Upland Agri-Environment Scheme). - Declan Byrne
  • BRIDE EIP (Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairy Environment). - Donal Sheehan

Session IV. The Road Forward
Chair: Noel Meehan, ASSAP Teagasc

2.30-3.00 Water and Agriculture – the EU Commission view - Gerard Shortle, DG Environment, European Commission

3.15-3.30 A Policy perspective - Dr James Moran, GMIT

3.15-3.45 Panel Discussion and Conference Close

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