Women, farmers and the climate: Join FLIARA’s livestream launch

The FLIARA Project is a 3 year project that ECOLISE is 1 of 15 partners in, it stands for Female-Led Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas. It is led by Maura Farrell and University of Galway in Ireland. ECOLISE‘s support includes academic support and helping develop FLIARA’s #CommunityOfPractice.

The project is based around bringing together European 20 Innovation Ambassadors, which includes ECOLISE’s co-president Mieke Elzenga from the Netherlands, who meet key stakeholders over an 18 month period in a series of 4 in person meetings (Ireland, Slovenia, Italy, Sweden) and (at least) 5 online meetings. It also showcases the work from 200 Women Led innovations from around Europe.

The 1st FLIARA Community of Practice (CoP) in person meeting will take place on the 1st and 2nd of July in Galway and the official launch of the FLIARA CoP will be live streamed on the July 1st from 18 to 20 CEST (5 – 7 pm Irish time). This session includes many speakers and themes very relevant to ECOLISE’s policy work at the various levels for ecological and social transformation, as outlined by the #TimeForCollectiveAction manifesto launched last year in Brussels.

Of particular interest to our network of #CommunityLed initiatives will be the discussion with Pippa Hackett, an Irish Green Party politician who is the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. After the sudden resignation of long term party leader Eamon Ryan after the approval of the historic #RestoreNature law 2 weeks ago, there is now a leadership contest in Ireland to replace him. It is between 2 candidates, Pippa Hackett and the current Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman. In Ireland this race is being billed as a contest between farmers and city folk, as Pippa Hackett is an organic farmer (suckler cows, sheep, hens and horses) from Mayo living in Offaly. With divisions growing in much of Europe, as farmers and the far right push against climate movements, this Irish dynamic highlights critical examples where farmers are key actors for working with the climate. More so, it is often women who are taking the lead here.

Also in the FLIARA session will be returning European MEP Maria Walsh who, following Seán Kelly MEP‘s lead last year, went against the EPP call and backed the #RestoreNature vote at a critical moment.

We invite all our friends from European Community-Led movements to tune in on Monday, to hear what women in the FLIARA community are already doing, to join the Community of Practice and to further push for an ecologically and socially sustainable world in Europe, and beyond.

FLIARA launch – Event Highlights:

👉 Welcome Address: Associate Professor Maura Farrell, Project Coordinator, will kick off the event.

👉 Opening Address: Minister Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will share her vision for the initiative.

👉 FLIARA Overview: An in-depth overview of the FLIARA project by Associate Professor Maura Farrell.

👉 Panel Discussion: Moderated by Sally-Ann Barrett, a Multimedia Journalist with Raidió Teilifís Éireann, featuring two dynamic panels:

🗣️ Panel 1: FLIARA Ambassadors: Hear from inspiring ambassadors including Mieke Elzenga (The Netherlands), Annette Harberink (The Netherlands), Bláthnaid Gallagher (Ireland), Ursula Kelly (Ireland), Alexandra Larsson (Sweden), and Anja Frey (Germany).

🗣️ Panel 2: Horizon Europe Projects: Engage with Minister Pippa Hackett, MEP Maria Walsh and representatives from the FLIARA, SWIFT, and GRASS CEILING Horizon Europe projects as they discuss their collaborative efforts and innovations.

Duncan Crowley
Community of Practice Coordinator – FLIARA


Details about FLIARA CoP launch livestream here, July 1st from 18 to 20 CEST (5 – 7 pm Irish time).
FLIARA Community of Practice (CoP) & Social Media channels: LI : Insta : FB : TW

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