Building Resilience In Catchments (BRICs)

This landscape scale collaboration, convening partners including supply chain, land managers, industry, conservationists andcommunities working together to build resilience into farm businesses will contribute to sustainable economic development whilst addressing the unfavourable conservation and moderate ecological status of the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC and Milford Haven Waterway. There is a need to build resilience into farm businesses, for sustainable economic development in the Milford Haven Enterprise Zone.

Targeted measures (50% funded) highlighted in the CCR Plans such as nutrient soil mapping, precision farming and hydrobreaks (10 x constructed wetlands/swales) will benefit farms economically as well as environmentally, creating a business leader culture with earned regulatory recognition. Improvements will be measured financially and environmentally through modelling and analysis. Actions taken are planned to provide immediate short-term benefits for farmers in terms of economic resilience for farmers, fewer water intake closures, habitat creation and community engagement and education. The 3 diverse sub-catchments (circa 100 farms – see map) were chosen to protect drinking water intake and commercial development, they are proposed at Llys Y Fran reservoir (Dairy/Mixed), Pelcomb Bridge (Dairy/Mixed) and Winterton Marsh (Arable). The BRICs project will deliver 50 Climate Change Resilience (CCR) Plans and actions to improve soil management, water management and related habitat measures on farm. The CCR Plans will recommend a range of resilience planning measures to aid flood risk management, emergency contingency plan for extreme weather events, green growth and opportunities for habitat connectivity. The plans (building on the nutrient efficiency project undertaken by ADAS on behalf of First Milk) will also contain mitigation measures from a suite that farmers will have pre-selected, the impact of which can be modelled through the ADAS Farmscoper model.

Nitrogen reduction will be assigned its economic value. An important legacy is the creation of an enterprise (the ‘Ecobank’) capable of running a nutrient offsetting scheme taking forward the outcomes of the Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership outcomes (Nature Funded). Work packages include:

  1. Determination of optimum suite of measures through on-farm assessment, the creation of Climate Change Resilience Plan, implementation and evaluation to include a framework for modelling/monitoring of outputs
  2. Determine enterprise that will deliver the ‘Ecobank’ with wider research from global initiatives and UK based PES schemes to derive valuation of credits

 

PLANED – Project Lead

Work Package 1 -PLANED with support from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)/ Natural Resources Wales (NRW) / ADAS

Work Package 2- Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF ) with support from procured consultant and DCWW / NRW / ADAS / Pembs Marine SAC RAG

 

Working Group Members:

The above plus – National Farmers Union Cymru (NFU), Farmers Union of Wales (FUW), Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation Relevant Authorities Group (SAC RAG), Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership, Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring (PMR), Puffin, First Milk, Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers(CCF)/Agrovista, Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC), Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership (EEP)

Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network

The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agriculture Network (PSAN) was established in 2006 by PLANED to allow farmers/landowners and organisations working in the agricultural sector to influence policy, promote their projects and network with like-minded organisations. Since its inception, the following Sub-groups have formed and where required funding accessed:

  •  Pembrokeshire Wildfire Group
  • Promoting Food & Farming in Schools
  • Trialing a voluntary Approach to NVZ (BRICs)
  • Shortening Supply Chains

The Network which meets quarterly acts as a forum for farmers and landowners to discuss ideas and develop opportunities relating to sustainable agriculture both economic and environmental. The Network promotes and encourages farming practices that protect and enhance biodiversity and cultural diversity, including local distinctiveness. The Network also promotes diversification and entrepreneurial opportunities and linkages within the rural community by facilitating co-operation and collaboration between key partners, agricultural and geographic communities and communities of interest e.g. food, tourism, energy, thus providing the mechanism to tailor opportunities to local circumstances.

The Network (see attached Piktograph) works closely with many partners and farming/environmental organisations and farming cooperatives such as NFU Cymru, FUW, Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring, Pembs County Council Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, National Trust, NRW, Dwr Cymru, Welsh Government, Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring, , YFC, Lantra, Coed Cymru to name but a few.
Through the Network, awareness raising and capacity building events, seminars, workshops (on and off-farm) are organized working with key partners and advisors to promote many topics eg diversification, positive land management. These are planned with particular emphasis placed on helping farmers to understand and review their resources and opportunities relating to sustainable development and sustainable agricultural practices.
This project builds on lessons learned from PLANED’s Whole Farm Support Schemes (1996-2001 Objective 5b funded) and Harnessing Rural Capital (2006-2008 Article 6 ESF funding)

For more information contact Steven Bradley (stevenb@planed.org.uk) at PLANED.