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    Regional red list of Irish bees
    (National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland), 2006) ; ; ; ;
    In 2003 the Higher Education Authority awarded funding for a three year project on the conservation of native Irish bees under their North-South programme for collaborative research. This work was undertaken by Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick and Dr. Mark Brown in the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin and by Mr. Tomás Murray and Dr. Rob Paxton in the School of School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. One important element of this research has been the documentation of the conservation status of native bees in Ireland. A three-step sequential process has been used to document the status of each of the native species, indicate the conservation action required, and highlight those species of most importance from a conservation perspective: (1) Identification of the threatened species using internationally recognized methodology - production of an IUCN regional red list for the island of Ireland. (2) Documentation of the total conservation actions required for the assessed group - completed IUCN conservation action authority files for threatened, near threatened and data deficient species. (3) Conversion from the regional red list to a national list of conservation priority species This summary report contains the Regional Red List of Irish bees, IUCN conservation actions authority files for all threatened, near threatened and data deficient species in the red list, and a list of national conservation priority species.
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    Lignocellulosic Crops in Agricultural Landscapes: Production systems for biomass and other environmental benefits – examples, incentives, and barriers
    Policies to support bioenergy have been promoted in part to address concerns about the negative impacts caused by fossil energy systems. Agriculture provides food, fibre and bioenergy products, but increased production can be sustainably achieved only if negative impacts on, e.g., soils, water, biodiversity and climate are avoided or minimized. Agriculture can also provide other social and economic benefits, ranging from rural income and employment, to the conservation of cultures, and pleasing visual landscapes. Many risks associated with conventional agricultural production systems and fossil fuels could be mitigated or avoided, through the development of sustainable production systems for lignocellulosic bioenergy crops.