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Bord Bia partners with National Biodiversity Data Centre

Written by Mon 26 Jul 2021

The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, is partnering with the National Biodiversity Data Centre to support companies implementing smart biodiversity targets.

These goals are in line with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025.

Bord Bia promotes the sales of Irish food, produce, and drinks both in Ireland and abroad. The agency’s four-part strategy for 2019-2021 includes driving success and growth, insight to power growth, building reputation, and supporting leaders.

Because so much Irish produce, horticulture, and food products are dependent on the presence of pollinators and biodiversity in the region, the Bord Bia is active in support of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025, as laid out by the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Bord Bia has created a sustainability program called Origin Green. The launch of the new partnership will allow the 300 companies that are already part of the Origin Green program to build on their existing success. Currently, Origin Green members are encouraged to include biodiversity targets in sustainability plans – from adding biodiversity to sites of business or protect biodiversity in their operations.

“Bord Bia funding was crucial to the progress of first All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020, and we look forward to building on this success with a dedicated Biodiversity Officer and a new version of the Pollinator Plan for 2021-2025,” said Úna FitzPatrick, senior ecologist at National Biodiversity Data Centre.

“The new Project Officer will ensure that Origin Green Members are fully supported in identifying and implementing smart biodiversity targets, and taking appropriate and evidence-based actions to protect biodiversity,” she added.

Deirdre Ryan, Bord Bia’s Director of Origin Green, said of the partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, “We know that biodiversity and pollination are crucial to a healthy environment and sustainable agriculture, and the Origin Green program has long been committed to supporting companies in protecting and enhancing Ireland’s unique biodiversity.”

For its part, Bord Bia will provide the money needed to support a full-time, dedicated Biodiversity Officer at the Data Centre. This officer will be responsible for advising Bord Bia on pollinator-biodiversity initiatives. They will also develop informational resources, presentations and case studies to provide evidence in support of pollinator initiatives.

Bord Bia has also launched a program called “Pathways to Nature Restoration and Resilience,” which will help Origin Green member companies identify and implement smart biodiversity targets.

Through the partnership, Bord Bia will also help the National Biodiversity Data Centre offer online workshops and webinars, as practical guidance for businesses that wish to contribute to Irish Biodiversity and Pollinator programs.

Written by Mon 26 Jul 2021

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