Day 1  |  Parallel Session 3

@ 2.30pm, Wednesday 20th Feb

Our third parallel session features talks on engaging the next generation, biodiversity in agricultural policy and accounting for natural capital. Choose which one you'd like to attend:

 Engagement: Learning from Conservation Success 

How can we engage young people with biodiversity?

 Planning for the Future 

How can biodiversity be better integrated in agricultural policy?

 Investing in Nature 

How do we account for natural capital and biodiversity?

How is biodiversity currently dealt with in agricultural policy? Have we made progress towards achieving Target 3 in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020, which seeks to improve the contribution of agriculture and forestry to biodiversity? What room is there for improvement in Common Agricultural Policy proposals post-2020? 

In this session, we'll hear from EU and national experts on the past, present and future of biodiversity in agricultural policy.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: George's Hall, Upper Castle Yard 


  • Chair: James Moran (Galway-Mayo IT)

  • Micheál Ó Briain (DG Environment)

  • Andy Bleasdale (National Parks and Wildlife Service)

  • Catherine Keena (Teagasc)

  • Bill Callanan (Dept Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

  • Flor McCarthy (Irish Farmers Association)

How can methods from accountancy and economics help us understand how people benefit from nature? What are the risks and limitations of this approach? What are the benefits and opportunities? Does it have to involve monetary units? And how can biodiversity be incorporated in a meaningful way?


This session will hear from environmental economists, ecologists and NGO representatives who are using natural capital accounting in their work.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Castle Hall, Upper Castle Yard


  • Chair: Jane Stout (Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments Project, INCASE )

  • Luke McGrath (NUI Galway)

  • Catherine Farrell (Bord na Mona)

  • Jonathan Bell (Northern Ireland Environment Link)

  • Eugenie Regan (UNEP-WCMC)

What empowers the youth of Ireland to take action for biodiversity conservation? How did this generation's young leaders become interested in nature? What kind of programmes and projects best support their engagement? What questions do they have for older generations about how to affect change in Ireland, and what do they need from us in order to take action?

This session will hear from young biodiversity leaders across Ireland and from the designer of an innovative biodiversity teacher training programme.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Printworks Main Hall


  • Chair: Niamh Fitzgerald (Birdwatch Ireland)

  • Transition Year Students (St Michael's College)

  • Clare Bromley (Glenveagh National Park)

  • Jessica Hamilton (BSBI Kerry)

  • James O'Neill (Wildlife Photographer and Artist)