In this episode Coastal Farmer Kathleen Kinsella talks about biodiversity & the effects of climate change she sees firsthand
Did you know?
- Bannow Bay Ramsar site is a large and very sheltered estuarine system with a narrow outlet to the sea and extensive mud and sand flats, saltmarshes and sand dunes.
- It contains natural examples of marine habitats and natural wetland types which are representative of the Atlantic biogeographic region.
- Bannow Bay is used for recreational, scientific and educational purposes.
- Coastal farming is a relevant category of analysis of farming systems. A greater diversity of farming systems exists in coastal strip than inland at the regional scale.
- By contrast with other farming, such as mountain or peri-urban farming, coastal farming has rarely been studied as such and has not, until now, been considered as a useful category to describe and analyse production systems.
- Changes in farming systems are dominated by changes in global climate and local environment, apart from the non-climatic drivers.
- Coastal Farming Challenges include Flooding, and Land Loss.
- It is important to recognise the great work done by these farmers and fishermen in recent years to support biodiversity objectives. Nobody has a greater role in protecting and enhancing our environment than our farmers and fishers. They see the realities of climate change first-hand and its impacts on the everyday running of their businesses.
- There has been a realisation by everyone in society in recent times that our nature and biodiversity is under pressure and in decline. What many thought was highly robust has proven to be more fragile. We have just one nature and we must protect it. It is the basis of everything we do as a sector and a society. Farmers are absolutely leading from the front on this ambition. The evidence is real and tangible.
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