Day 2  |  Parallel Session 4

@ 11.00am, Thursday 21st Feb

Our fourth parallel session features talks on valuing ecosystem services from land and river systems, engaging across multiple sectors at once and practical ways to improve biodiversity on farm land. Choose which one you'd like to attend:

 Engagement: Learning from Conservation Success 

 Planning for the Future 

 Investing in Nature 

How can we engage across sectors for biodiversity?

How can we improve biodiversity on farm land?

How can we value ecosystem services from land and river systems?

What can farmers and the people working with them do to improve biodiversity on farm land? Are there general rules that anyone can follow or do actions need to be site-specific? What can farmers achieve if they work together? How should actions be framed and communicated?

In this session, we'll hear from farmers, practitioners, NGOs and academics to learn how biodiversity can be improved on farms.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: George's Hall, Upper Castle Yard


  • Chair: Patrick McGurn (Aran LIFE)

  • Elaine McGoff (An Taisce)

  • Alan Lauder (Curlew Project)

  • Bernard McKay (Farmer)

  • Patricia Deane (Reeks EIP)

Terrestrial ecosystems provide people with an enormous range of benefits that are delivered through 'ecosystem services'. But how do we define them? How do we measure them? And once we've done those things, how do we value them? Where do monetary values come in? How can we capture cultural values?

This session will explore monetary and cultural valuation of pollination services, and the ecosystem services from agricultural and freshwater systems.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Castle Hall, Upper Castle Yard 


  • Chair: Micheál Ó Cinnéide (Irish Forum on Natural Capital)

  • Jane Stout (Trinity College Dublin)

  • Mary Kelly-Quinn (University College Dublin)

  • Aileen O'Sullivan (Coillte)

  • Daniel Norton (NUI Galway)

What do you do when you need to engage everyone? How do you design a programme that makes it easy for farmers, businesses, councils, policymakers, special interest groups, schools and the general public to get involved? And what do these groups need from the conservation sector to take action? 

This session will hear from the leaders of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and representatives from the various sectors they've engaged with.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Printworks Main Hall


  • Chair: Úna Fitzpatrick (National Biodiversity Data Centre) 

  • Juanita Browne (National Biodiversity Data Centre)

  • Anne Murray (Biodiversity Officer, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council)

  • Pat Foley (Geashill Tidy Towns)

  • Carmel Brennan (SSE Airtricity)