Online discussion, May 18: Cross-sectoral economic measures to support biodiversity in Ireland

A discussion on biodiversity, farming and the wellbeing economy in Ireland.

This online discussion was on broad economic measures (applying to the whole economy, rather than just the agricultural sector) which could make it easier for farmers to regenerate biodiversity on Irish farmland.

We presented some ideas that are explored in a new Feasta discussion paper, ‘Land, Labour, Housing, Money, Farms: Moving the economic goalposts of Irish agriculture’, in the context of biodiversity regeneration, and we invited reactions and other ideas from the audience. Anne Ryan introduced the event and moderated the questions, and Caroline Whyte spoke about the paper. Doughnut economics and wellbeing economics were part of the discussion.

The event was a follow-up to an initial discussion about the paper, which took place on the morning of April 28th, and incorporated learnings from it.

The joint Irish Environmental Pillar/SWAN/Stop Climate Chaos paper ‘Towards a New Agricultural and Food Policy for Ireland’, which is referred to during the presentation, is here, and the paper on biodiversity policy beyond economic growth (that Caroline mentions during her talk) is here.

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