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- To build economic and environmental resilience by developing ‘sustainable intensification’ of agriculture in line with GWCT’s farmer-led Working Conservation approach.
- To provide a Wales-wide community of farmers with a platform to share information and demonstrate how to increase biodiversity and combat climate change.
- To share GWCT science and provide advice to farmers, helping them to identify knowledge gaps for further research in order to provide practical solutions to problems.
- To demonstrate to Welsh Government, ministers and civil servants what farmers want to do for the environment and put them at the heart of policymaking.
- To engage with the wider community of farmers, businesses, NGOs, advisors, students and schools to improve understanding of agricultural and environmental issues.
Farming Community shared objectives
- We want to be part of the solution to mitigate climate change and reverse biodiversity decline within a productive, sustainable farming
- We want to work to increase wildlife on our farms particularly threatened species such as the curlew, barn owl, lapwing, hedgehog, and yellowhammer.
- We support GWCT’s three-legged-stool approach to conservation of vulnerable farmland birds combining habitat creation, winter feeding and predation management.
- We are happy to show people the work that we are doing on the farm to integrate nature with emissions reductions and food production.
- We recognise the benefits of collaboration and knowledge exchange to deliver nature recovery on a landscape scale.
What GWCT Wales can offer farmers
- Support knowledge exchange through live and online events and provide an information network through digital channels including website, apps and email newsletters.
- Seek funding to enable delivery of environmental objectives on individual farms and to support collaborative landscape-scale initiatives such as Farmer Clusters.
- Partner with farmers to adapt and tailor environmental measures to specific sites and farming systems in order to deliver outcome-based conservation.
- Present Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and policy influencers with evidence of the best approach for restoring the environment within a profitable farming system.
- Emphasise the need for a profitable farming business to underpin farmers’ ability to combat climate change and increase biodiversity.