Celebrating Agri-Environment Scheme Farmers’ Contribution to Biodiversity

May 17, 2024 | Climate Change, Farm Viability, Green Architecture

National Biodiversity Week is running from May 17th to May 26th, 2024 and aims to emphasise the significance of Irish biodiversity and combating the decline in habitat and species Nationwide. During this week, CAP Network Ireland will launch a campaign spotlighting the invaluable efforts of thousands of farmers participating in various agri-environment schemes under the CAP Strategic Plan (CSP) 2023 – 2027.

Explore the CAP Network website to find out more information about the interventions in Ireland’s CSP such as the Eco-scheme, ACRES, and the Organic Farming Scheme, which provide vital support to farmers in their efforts to restore nature on their lands. Did you know that 55,000 farmers participating in ACRES will have enhanced biodiversity on over 1 million hectares of land by 2027? Or that they will have planted 500,000 native species trees? Impressively, 2,000 km of new hedgerow will also be planted which is the distance between Dublin and Napoli in Italy. Also, thanks to measures such as fencing off watercourses and establishing riparian buffer zones, more than 5,500km of Irish waterways will also be protected. It is also important to note that our organic sector continues to expand with the number of organic farmers tripling since 2020 and the vast majority of Irish farmers are voluntarily participating in the Eco-scheme and are committing between 7% and 10% of their land to ‘Space for Nature’. These are the stories that we aim to showcase.

Our News section offers updates on biodiversity and highlights what supports farmers are accessing to assist in restoring nature on their farms. Read our articles on the Nature Restoration Law and Ireland’s new Nature Restoration Plan.

CAP Network Ireland also create case studies, where the team meet the farmers implementing environmentally sustainable practices on their farms. Hear from farmers such as Andrew McMeniman, Biodiversity Farmer of the Year 2022, and learn about the measures he adopted on his farm, showcased through the previous National Rural Network (NRN) programme.

CAP Network Ireland are proud to have supported three Irish EIP-AGRI projects nominated for the prestigious EIP-Agri Awards, SUAS Project, Hometree and the BRIDE Project, recognising their grassroots solutions to environmental challenges.

Stay tuned to our social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, for exciting content throughout the week. Join us in celebrating farmers’ pivotal role in revitalising biodiversity in rural Ireland.

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