European Innovation Partnership - Deel River The Deel Spatially Targeted Buffers project will run from September 2021 to August 2022 and will support farmers to increase the level of biodiversity on their farms. The project catchment area covers two headwaters in the Deel River System and uses novel EPA tools for an innovative approach to the sizing and siting of buffer zones and biodiversity measures in intensively managed agricultural lands. Results are expected to improve aquatic biodiversity, terrestrial biodiversity, and water quality in the project catchment, and to reduce the requirement for channel maintenance under the OPW drainage scheme, thus further enhancing aquatic biodiversity. The project aims to provide solid evidence of the value of this targeted approach to buffer zones and biodiversity measures in critical source areas, and it will deliver real examples on demonstration farms for wider knowledge transfer. The Deel Spatially Targeted Buffers Project is a collaborative project lead by Ballyhoura Development in partnership with the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP), the Local Authorities Water Programme (LAWPro), the Office of Public Works (OPW), Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), and local farmers. The European Innovation Partnership Scheme funds projects that allow farmers, scientists, and other experts to collaborate together to develop new practices that are environmentally friendly and economically sustainable. The ultimate aim of these innovative partnerships is to road-test new ideas and practices which can then be used more widely by farmers and others to improve productivity and enhance resource efficiency. To find out more, please contact Nicole Dennehy at 086 066 0561 or [email protected].