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Working Together for Sustainable Farming - Seminar

Event Time 2pm – 4pm
Venue Online
Agri-environmental Policy, Practice and Experience


Many agri-environmental challenges, such as water quality and habitat protection, occur at landscape scales, requiring collaboration between farmers and also other stakeholders including extension services, NGOs, local communities and policy stakeholders. Consequently, the importance of collaboration between different groups of farmers and other stakeholders in transitioning to more environmentally sustainable agricultural production is increasingly recognised.

This seminar brings together farmers, researchers, and national and EU policy stakeholders to discuss experiences of collective and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural sustainability. The seminar seeks to draw out lessons from recent research and experience of agri-environmental initiatives that can inform future policy directions in an Irish/EU context, build networks between relevant stakeholders and identify potential pathways for enhanced collaboration.

Running Order

2:00pm – 2:05pm    Introduction and Welcome
     Dr David Meredith, Teagasc

2:05pm - 3:20pm    Agri-environmental policy, practice and experience

  • Collaboration for sustainable agriculture: current developments from the European Commission  
    Ms Inge Van Oost, Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Multi-level collaboration and good environmental governance
    Dr Katrin Prager, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
  • Collaboration and knowledge sharing in preparing an EIP-AGRI application: an Irish case-study
    Dr Jack McCarthy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Teagasc
  • Experiences from the Inishowen Uplands EIP Project
    Mr Henry O’Donnell, Agricultural Consultant and Project Manager, Inishowen Uplands EIP Project
  • How farmers work together to aim for more biodiversity on their farmland
    Mr Alex Datema, Dairy Farmer and Chair of Farmers for Nature, Netherlands

3:20pm – 3:30pm     Break, Stretch, Coffee

3:30pm – 4:00pm     Discussion and Questions

Chair:   Dr Daire Ó’hUallacháin, Teagasc


  • Ms Mary Mulvey, Sustainability Consultant
  • Ms Margaret Murray, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

Questions and open discussion


This is a public event. Registration will close on March 2nd and the Zoom connection details will be circulated on the morning of the event.