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Carlingford Catchment prompts conversations

by Dr Diane Burgess,

Economics Research Branch, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

THE Carlingford Catchment comprises a rich and diverse environmental resource. It is one of four land-sea interface areas across Western Europe that has been chosen as a case study within the EU funded Interreg “ALICE” project. This project aims to understand how natural and semi-natural features can be introduced to the landscape to improve ecosystem services, eg, biodiversity and flood alleviation.

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is leading the Carlingford case study. A key component of the project is the organisation and hosting of free interactive workshops with local stakeholders such as those working in conservation, forestry, farming and environmental management. The last in this series of free online workshops will be held over two sessions lasting for 1.5 hours each.

Session 1: Discover the Bigger Picture – 10.30am-12pm on February 22:

Carlingford Catchment was chosen as one of four locations around Europe to benefit from development of new, state-of-the-art digital maps. These have been created to help stakeholders explore how changes in the way we look after land and water can benefit us all, especially in the face of climate change. Join this session to get a preview of these fantastic resources.

Session 2: Informing Better Local Decisions – 1.30-3pm on February 24:

There are opportunities to change the way we look after the catchment. New resources could be found to help. A ‘tool kit’ of nature-based solutions is being drafted right now. Join this session to discover what is currently in this tool kit and share your thoughts. Help to improve the catchment, hectare by hectare.

We would like to encourage local people, who are interested in how their rural environment is managed, to participate in these workshops.

n To register for the workshops please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carlingford-catchment-conversations-2021-tickets -138596105683 or alternatively email

alice.stakeholders@

afbini.gov.uk

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