Origin Green 'Farmland Biodiversity' Webinar
Biodiversity provides a variety of benefits including production of food and water, maintenance of soil fertility, control of climate and disease, nutrient cycling, and crop pollination. Food security is put at risk by the loss of biodiversity, as well as clean air and fresh water. Origin Green verified members are encouraged to include at least one biodiversity target in their sustainability plans. The target can focus on improving biodiversity on their sites and immediate surroundings or assessing how they can enhance, integrate or protect existing biodiversity throughout their operations.
Origin Green in conjunction with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) will be hosting the second of three 'Pathways to Biodiversity' webinars. This time, the webinar will focus on how AIPP and Bord Bia are seeking to improve 'farmland biodiversity'. The webinar will include an overview of the AIPP - European Innovation Project (EIP) project 'Protecting Farmland Pollinators' which is developing and testing a whole-farm pollinator scoring system to identify what management practices on Irish farmland benefit pollinators. In addition, Bord Bia will unveil their new online training course on Biodiversity for Origin Green farm members, which will detail the importance of maintaining farmland biodiversity and the practical actions farmers can take. Bord Bia will also provide an update on collaboration on the Farming with Nature initiative which is being developed as a holistic biodiversity brand from the ground up.
Agenda & Speaker Details:
- Welcome and introduction - Deirdre Ryan, Director of Origin Green
- EIP Protecting Farmland Pollinators – Úna Fitzpatrick, Senior Ecologist at National Biodiversity Data Centre
- Origin Green farm biodiversity project updates relating to the new biodiversity LMS course and Farming with Nature – Mick Houlihan, Agri-Sustainability Manager