Can we manage agricultural catchments for economic and environmental objectives?
The conference will present current ideas and experiences from progressive initiatives around the world which conduct research, monitoring, and demonstration on water resources management and regulation in agricultural catchments.
Where are we seeing successes and why?
How have catchment management programmes worked with farmers to implement water quality improvements? What are the socio-economic issues relating to environmental policies and farming and how have they been overcome?
Can you contribute your ideas or learn from others?
Submissions for oral and poster presentations are invited that encompass areas of agricultural catchment science especially relating to water resource and landuse management in the themes on day 2
The cost of the conference including lunches and field trip is €300. Conference dinner (day 2) €35
Prof Gerry Boyle and Mr Ger Shortle (Teagasc, Ireland)
Opening address: Prof Andrew Sharpley, University of Arkansas, USA
Policy perspectives: Mr Pat Duggan (DoEHLG, Ireland) and Dr Dan McGonigle (DEFRA, UK)
Introducing the Agricultural Catchments Programme and the Demonstration Test Catchments
initiatives. Prof Phil Haygarth (University of Lancaster, UK) and Prof Phil Jordan (Teagasc, Ireland)
Theme 1 Scale issues Networks, observatories and farms. What works best for which stakeholders?
Key note speakers:
Dr Brent Clothier, Plant & Food Research, Palmerston, North, New Zealand
Dr Scott Wilkinson, CSIRO, Townsville, Australia
Theme 2 Catchment uncertainty, Empirical and modelling experiences; uncertainties in science and policy
Keynote speakers: Dr Helen Jarvie, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
Prof Brian Kronvang, National Environmental Research, Institute, Denmark
Theme 3 Counting the costs, Socio-economic implications of catchment-scale agri-environmental measures
Keynote speakers: Prof Catherine Kling, Iowa State University, USA,
Dr Julia Martin-Ortega, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK
Theme 4 Case studies, Examples of environmental mitigation policies and evaluation science; future challenges
Prof Dennis Frame, University of Wisconsin, USA
Dr Ross Monaghan, Agresearch, Mosgiel, New Zealand
Conference dinner, Dublin
Visit and workshop: experimental, catchment in Co. Monaghan (1.5 hours from Dublin)
Abstract submission by 31st May 2011
Final registration by 3oth June 2011
(conference limit of 180 attendees)