NFU Cymru to host virtual seminar ahead of COP26 summit

The National Farmers’ Union Wales (NFU Cymru) will host a virtual seminar on Wednesday, October 13, to discuss themes of climate change and the environment ahead of the COP26 summit.

The seminar – titled ‘COP Cefn Gwlad – Farming’s Net Zero Journey’ – will, according to NFU Cymru, “showcase the actions being taken on Welsh farms to meet the union’s net zero 2040 ambition”.

The session will also highlight NFU Cymru’s recently launched #GrowingTogether tree planting strategy and the role of Welsh farmers in delivering nature-based solutions.

The hour-long event, beginning at 1:30p.m, will be chaired by NFU Cymru president John Davies, who was the inaugural chair of the NFU’s Net Zero Steering Group, and will feature contributions from Nigel Pugh of Coed Cadw (The Woodland Trust in Wales), Pembrokeshire arable farmer Jason Llewellin, Glamorgan dairy farmer Abi Reader, as well as beef and sheep farmer Edward Griffith from Mid Gwynedd.

The seminar will form part of Countryside COP – a week-long network of events hosted by farming and countryside organisations from October 11 to October 15, to showcase the opportunities that are available and the contribution already being made by agriculture to reach net zero.

Commenting, NFU Cymru president John Davies said: “Given our sector’s unique ability to act as a carbon sink – capturing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it into a variety of food, fibres and fuels – we firmly believe that farming will have an integral role to play as part of the climate change solution.

Ahead of the COP26 summit, NFU Cymru’s COP Cefn Gwlad is an ideal opportunity for our industry to take the lead and demonstrate the excellent work that is already taking place on farms across Wales, as well as our ambition to further improve productive efficiency, increase carbon storage and harnessing renewable energy to help us meet our net zero 2040 goal.

“The ‘COP Cefn Gwlad – Farming’s Net Zero Journey’ event promises to be an inspiring session and I urge farmers, stakeholders and all those with an interest in climate change and our environment to log in and join us.”