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Water Friendly Farming
The activities of the CamEO catchment partnership are supported by the WaterCoG project. WaterCoG is an EU Interreg VB project that brings together partners from Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and the UK to understand the extent to which effective stakeholder and community participation in water management (Water Co-Governance) can deliver more sustainable approaches to managing North Sea Region ecosystems and improve the implementation of key environmental objectives such as the Water Framework Directive.
We’ve been collating some of the various sources of information that are freely available and designed to help you to contribute as best you can to catchment management initiatives. These range from agricultral advice and pollution reporting to local community initiatives that you can get involved in and even invasive species identification that you can do whilst walking the dog. Follow this link to access the advice pages.
Working with Produce World
On the 24th June 2014, Produce World (PW) invited CamEO to their first ever group wide grower day. The day bought together key growers and farms from across the group to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the supply chains, being themed around PW’s 4Life sustainability strategy and the key themes of Responsible Sourcing, Community Impact, Workplace Culture and Environmental Stewardship. The event was held at NIAB Innovation Farm just North of Cambridge in their newly built Sophi Taylor building which is recognised as an architectural demonstration of innovation, sustainability and alternative technologies – exactly the thinking that was encouraged throughout the day!
The 80 attendees had presentations from industry partners looking at the future of agricultural technologies, from Mark Bowyer feeding back on his learning’s halfway through his Nuffield Scholarship and presentations from Andrew Burgess, Alistair Winter, Paul Tracey, Frank Robinson and Guy Thallon, updating on various different aspects of Produce World Group. After a hog-roast lunch and a tour of the NIAB field trials a series of breakout sessions were held looking at the challenges of hidden labour exploitation, R&D funding for farms and collaborative catchment-level water management (which was run by the CamEO hosts). As a first time event responses received were extremely positive from growers, welcoming the wider view on Produce World activities and the cross-over between different crop types. Thanks to all of those who were involved in organising and making the day a success – we excitedly look forward to next year!