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Natural Capital Ireland hosted a Data 4 Nature workshop on May 11th, 2021 which was funded under the Open Data Engagement Fund of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with additional funding from the Office of Public Works.

The online event took place over one day, with over 100 attendees, with morning and evening sessions, taking a closer look at the state-of-play for nature-related data in Ireland with a series of presentations from Data Collectors, Publishers & Users, including some of Ireland’s major bodies responsible for nature - National Parks & Wildlife Service and the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Representatives from a series of specialised Irish & international projects outlined how they work with data, along with some of the challenges they face in collating, accessing, analysing and formatting this data. These included data analyst Lisa Coleman of INCASE - Irish Natural Capital for Sustainable Environments - on the difficulties of working with over 200 datasets from a wide variety of agencies in order to accurately map the various forms of natural capital we find at catchment level in Ireland. Moving beyond Ireland, the Demeter project has over 60 European partners with 6,000 farmers working on a project to see the agri-food sector through the rapid adoption of data science and smart farming for long-term viability and sustainability.

Click on boxes to the right for presentation slides, see below for video recordings of the event.

Our report with recommendations for improving the availability and accessibility of data to support nature research and conservation will be published on this page soon...


The line-up of speakers went as follows:

Morning session:

Afternoon session:

Data 4 Nature slidedecks:

Click PDF to download individual slide presentations from the event

Dr Edward Curry, Insight Centre - Open Data as part of a wider European Data and AI Ecosystem

Yvonne Buckley, TCD, All-Island Climate & Biodiversity - Optimising data for maximum use

Gemma Weir, National Parks and Wildlife Service

Liam Lysaght, National Biodiversity Data Centre

Paddy Morris, EPA Catchments Unit 

Tony Brew, Office of Public Works 

Lisa Coleman,


Dr Luke Binns,


Ainhoa Gonzalez,

 ESM Webtool

Rowan Fealy & Tim McCarthy, Terrain AI

Kevin Doolin, Demeter Project

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Click boxes to watch presentations from our Morning & Afternoon sessions from the Data 4 Nature workshop

YouTube videos