There is no necessary conflict between conservation and landowners’ interests
BFCP features in Irish Times editorial written by Paddy Woodworth
BurrenLIFE features in EU Newsletter:
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The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney TD, today (March 6th) confirmed that payments under the 2014 Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (BFCP) have commenced issuing to farmers. This is a fifth year of the Programme, which is funded from unused Single Farm Payment funds.
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A new series of videos on Results-based Agri-environment schemes across Europe has just been released and includes a case study on the BFCP.
BFCP are pleased to report on another successful year of the pioneering programme for the Burren which saw 159 local farmers conduct conservation work on their farms, contributing to a positive impact on environmental health across the 14,500ha of land farmed under BFCP.
On Friday September 13th last, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, accepted Ireland’s first ever ‘European Diploma of Protected Areas Award’ from the Council of Europe for the sustainable management of the Burren.
BFCP have published their third annual report detailing the continuing success of this pioneering ‘farming for conservation’ programme.
Taken from the soon-to-be-published EC Guidance document:
Guidance on managing farmland in Natura 2000
Case Study: Managing priority grass-land habitats reliant on
Creating a model of sustainable agriculture in Ireland
The BFCP workers’ database is now available on-line. This database contains a list of skilled and semiskilled workers the majority of whom live in or near the Burren region. A large proportion of the workers are members of the farming community with relevant skills and experience.
Please contact workers directly if you have work available.
BFCP publish a detailed report on the operation of the programme every year.
Check out some footage of BFCP on Eco eye (Jan 11, 2012): http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1130361
The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission’s LIFE Nature Unit have announced the Best LIFE Nature Projects 2010. The 18 projects selected represent the most successful of the recently completed LIFE Nature projects, in terms of best practices and/or demonstration actions on nature conservation and the implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives.
Michael Viney, long term columnist with the Irish Times wrote a wonderful article about farming for conservation in the Burren for the lates issue of Burren Insight 3.
PAYMENTS TOTALLING almost €300,000 have been approved for Burren farmers for producing rare and wild Burren flowers as part of a Government scheme.
by Gordon Deegan, published in the Irish Times March 8th 2011.