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DAFM National Call 2015 15/S/619 Teagasc (NUIG, Sligo IT, TCD, DCU) €891,022

Project Title:

Farming and natural resources: Measures for Ecological Sustainability

Project Coordinator:

Dr Daire Ó hUallacháin

Project Abstract

This project will identify and outline the evidence for novel, cost-effective measures to protect and enhance farmland biodiversity. These measures will increase habitat quantity, enhance habitat quality and improve ecological connectivity, from farm to landscape scale. The project will build on international research to identify new agrienvironment measures appropriate to Irish conditions. We will address gaps in knowledge related to the importance of habitat quality and ecological connectivity in halting biodiversity loss and enhancing the provision of above and below ecosystem services. The results will feed into cost-benefit models to help identify measures suitable for inclusion in future iterations of agri-environment policy.Through addressing the challenges associated with protecting and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services, the project will help the agri-food sector achieve its objectives in relation to the development of economically and environmentally sustainable food production systems.

Final Report:

Not available yet.