Awards & Commendations

Awards & Commendations

2020

A letter from the President of Ireland

President Michael D Higgins wrote to Farming For Nature and the farming Ambassador ahead of the 2020 awards.  He said

“Projects such as this are a powerful and tangible exemplar of what can be done from the ‘bottom-up’, tackling the issue at grassroots level and fostering widespread awareness, creating an environment consciousness that can deliver powerful, far-reaching and lasting results”

and stressed the importance of farmers in addressing biodiversity and climate crises

“I therefore wish to encourage farmers to do whatever they can even ostensibly, small changes can make a huge impact cumulatively.  Your efforts represent real and tangible forms of active citizenship, contributing to social betterment in so many communities across the country, taking action on crucial ecological issues in order to make a real difference”

Thank you to the President for taking the time to write such encouraging words.

 

Act for Biodiversity Challenge – Farming For Nature wins Global Biodiversity Award.

From a pool of over 200 great conservation projects across the world, Farming for Nature was awarded 2nd place in a global biodiversity challenge! The ‘Act For Biodiversity Challenge’ sought to identify ‘bold social innovators who are bringing people together to take on the extensive, complex, and urgent issue’ of biodiversity loss, and to identify ways to ‘collaborate to preserve and restore biodiversity through solutions designed for agriculture, urban environments and forests’.
Here at FFN we believe that farmers are a potentially huge resource in responding to our climate and biodiversity crisis. To mobilise this resource, FFN tries to acknowledge and celebrate those farmers who already do great things for nature, then share their enthusiasm and practical knowledge with their farming peers. But we also recognise that farming is a business and so we strongly advocate paying farmers who deliver ecosystem services on their land, and supporting them with the research and advice to do so. This award has enabled Farming For Nature to work with partners in other countries across the EU to highlight and support their own ‘farmers for nature’.  More information on the award here.

2019

The National Biodiversity Conference: New Horizons for Nature has announced its Conference Charter, ‘Our Seeds for Nature’. The Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on the first day of the conference, which was attended by Minister Bruton, Minister Doyle and other senior leaders from 14 Government Departments, state agencies, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The ‘Our Seeds For Nature’ Conference Charter comprises a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity that go beyond the respective organisations’ current work programmes to support, scale up and fast track the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan.  They agreed to 40 Seeds for Nature, supporting the development of Farming for Nature was no.1 on the list.  This is co-funding between NPWS and DAFM.  More information here.

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