Working Together for Sustainable Farming - Seminar3 March 2021 3 March 2021
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.
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.