Catchment conference explores managing agriculture for economic and environmental benefits

Phil Haygarth (LEC), Phil Jordan (Taegasc) and Bob Harris (Defra)  co-organised a successful 3 day international Conference ‘Catchment Science 2011’ at the Mansion House, Dublin (14-16th September).

The event, jointly hosted by the Irish Agricultural Catchments Programme  (Teagasc/DAFF) and the UK Demonstration Test Catchment Project (Defra/EA)  brought together scientists, policy makers, farmers and land managers to explore  how agricultural catchments can be managed for both economic and environmental  objectives.

This question was explored in four themes:

1) Scale issues – networks, observatories and farms. What works best for which stakeholders?

2) Catchment uncertainty – empirical and modelling experiences; uncertainties in science & policy

3) Counting the cost – socio-economic implications of catchment-scale agri environmental measures

4) Case Studies – examples of environmental mitigation policies and evaluation science; future challenges

Simon Coveney TD, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Environment announced a further 4 years funding for the Irish catchments programme . Minister Coveney said he was “delighted to announce that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will continue to fund this important Programme over a second 4 year period from 2012 to 2015. This will allow the Programme to continue to build a body of scientific evidence, over several years, which will make an important contribution to the ongoing development of sound agricultural policy”.

A set of images from the event taken by Phil Haygarth can be found here

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