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Diversity 2015, 7(3), 307-317; doi:10.3390/d7030307

Opportunities within the Revised EU Common Agricultural Policy to Address the Decline of Farmland Birds: An Irish Perspective

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Teagasc, Johnstown Castle Environment Research Centre, Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
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BirdWatch Ireland, Crank House, Banagher, Co. Offaly, Ireland
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National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, 4 Claremont Road, Sandymount, Dublin
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Ireland
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Academic Editor: Michael Wink
Received: 1 May 2015 / Revised: 31 July 2015 / Accepted: 17 August 2015 / Published: 20 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes)
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Abstract

The loss of global biological diversity continues despite on-going conservation efforts. Agriculture is the major terrestrial land use in Europe and any conservation efforts to protect biological diversity must address sustainable use of these food production systems. Using Ireland, within the European Union policy framework, as an example, the declines in farmland birds are discussed. The opportunities afforded to farmland bird conservation as a result of the recent reform to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are outlined. The potential for revised and refined CAP, specifically agri-environment schemes, to deliver benefits for biodiversity and for farmland bird species within Irish agricultural ecosystems is explored. Despite all the efforts to date and the significant resources invested in implementing agri-environment measures and schemes, few attempts have been made to collect monitoring and surveillance data with which to quantitatively assess the effectiveness of schemes, and measures that are designed to assist in the recovery of farmland biodiversity, including bird species, in Ireland. View Full-Text
Keywords: farmland birds; agriculture; agri-environment schemes farmland birds; agriculture; agri-environment schemes
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Ó hUallacháin, D.; Copland, A.S.; Buckley, K.; McMahon, B.J. Opportunities within the Revised EU Common Agricultural Policy to Address the Decline of Farmland Birds: An Irish Perspective. Diversity 2015, 7, 307-317.

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