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22/09/2022

New Investment Supports Local Biodiversity Action

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Local biodiversity action across Ireland has been boosted with new funding of over €1.4 million.

This investment helps local authorities carry out biodiversity projects through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF).

Since it was launched in 2018, a total of almost €4m has been granted to local authorities through the LBAF to carry out projects in support of the National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 (NBAP).

Announcing the new funding package, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan said: "We know that communities are at the heart of biodiversity action and that's why I'm so thrilled to see this fund continue to grow and increase its impact all across the country. This year, we've funded 128 projects across all 31 Local Authorities – this will have real, tangible impact for nature and it couldn't come at a more crucial time. What's more, the successful projects are all contributing to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) and helping to advance our shared vision for nature. The new NBAP is currently out for public consultation, so it's a great opportunity for people to have their say and help shape the future for biodiversity in Ireland."

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All 31 local authorities applied for and will receive funding this year, with a total of 128 projects approved, covering a range of biodiversity related activities, including invasive alien species control, dune restoration, wetland surveys and biodiversity awareness and training.

Projects approved this year include:

• A collaboration between nine local authorities on the invasive Quagga Mussel in the river Shannon

• Lesser Horseshoe Bat survey in Cork City

• Mayo Wetland County survey

• Leitrim Local Biodiversity Action / Pollinator Plan training and outreach events

• Wetland restoration in Fingal County Council

• Invasive species control in Kilkenny.

The public consultation for Ireland's 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan launched on 01 September and submissions are invited until 09 November.

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