Land use & Biodiversity

  • Is Ireland using its land effectively during this climate crisis?
  • Identifying projects to grow food, protect pollinators, and enhance green spaces
  • Regenerative farming
  • Biodiversity corridors including stone walls, hedgerows etc
  • Restoring natural carbon sinks
  • Composting
  • Funding opportunities

Food

There are lots of great food initiatives. The Edible Landscapes project poses some serious questions and offers solutions that any community can replicate.

Edible Landscapes.

A Healthy Ireland funded initiative, Mayo CYPSC worked with the Edible Landscape Project and young people in Mayo to develop a Forest Garden and an Orchard.

The Edible Landscapes project website.

Community Gardens.

Community Gardens Ireland supports and promotes community gardening across the island of Ireland. Here’s a bit more about our organisation and what some of the community gardeners think about this social gardening activity.

Community gardens Ireland website.

Community Supported Agriculture.

Moy Hill Community Farm

Moy Community Supported Farm website.

Protect Pollinators

One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced  the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020

Biodiversity

Biodiversity Ireland website. The National Biodiversity Data Centre has great resources including the Pollinator Plan, Biodiversity Ireland magazine and lots more. It is a national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity.  

In October 2018, Ireland’s National Biodiversity Data Centre was delighted to host the 25th meeting of the Governing Board of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in Kilkenny. GBIF is a global network of 59 Participant Countries and 38 international organisations and initiatives, 

Why it is important to conserve biodiversity from the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Build and Ark!

An Ark is a restored, native ecosystem, a local, small, medium or large rewilding project. It’s a thriving patch of native plants and creatures that have been allowed and supported to re-establish in the earths intelligent, successional process of natural restoration. Over time this becomes a pantry and a habitat for our pollinators and wild creatures who are in desperate need of support.

This takes time to happen but it begins to re-establish itself as a simple ecosystem very quickly and over time it becomes a strong wildlife habitat and eventually a multi-tiered complex community of native plants, creatures and micro-organisms. More on the website.

Regenerative Farming.

Farming while restoring and regenerating the environment.

Manager of the Burren Programme, Dr. Brendan Dunford, highlights why cows wintering on the Burren have “five-star” accommodation – on FarmLand episode 7

The Burren Programme, Farming for Conservation website.

Restoring natural carbon sinks

When living systems – like forests, peat bogs, saltmarshes and the seabed – are allowed to recover, they draw down carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the chances of climate catastrophe. 

When living systems – like forests, peat bogs, saltmarshes and the seabed – are allowed to recover, they draw down carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the chances of climate catastrophe.

Their restoration will also minimise extinction and ecological collapse, and create a richer world of wonders for us to enjoy.

Learn more at http://www.naturalclimate.solutions

Composting

Composting is the natural process of decomposition that turns organic materials like garden waste and vegetable food scraps into a dark, crumbly and earthy smelling material called compost. Compost is rich in nutrients and is great for your garden, shrubs or even indoor potted plants. More on Stop Food Waste website.

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