Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes news that funding for locally led biodiversity projects doubled to €3m
25th January, 2023
- Fingal County Council can now apply for funding for 2023 projects
- “Combined with our new Biodiversity Action Plan in Fingal, today’s funding increase will allow Fingal County Council to play an ever more active role in our plans to address biodiversity loss.” – Minister O’Brien
Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, has today announced a doubling of funding to the Local Biodiversity Action Fund to €3 million for 2023. Local Authorities can now apply to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to avail of this funding to deliver local biodiversity projects.
First launched in 2018, the Local Biodiversity Action Fund offers funding to help Local Authorities achieve actions identified in the National Biodiversity Action Plan, recognising the important role they plan in addressing the biodiversity emergency. This funding stream enables the development of projects that address biodiversity loss in Local Authority areas by helping to create new habitats, restoring existing ones and by tackling invasive alien species.
The scheme, operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, has proven hugely popular, with 109 projects funded in 2022. A wide variety of projects were financed including in the areas of Wetland Restoration, Bird Surveys, Dune restoration, Biodiversity Awareness and Invasive Alien Species.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister Joe O’Brien said;
Reversing biodiversity loss is among the greatest challenges of our times. Locally-led initiatives here in Fingal can be extremely impactful – supporting them is an important part of the response. Fingal County Council plays an important role in these efforts. Combined with our new Biodiversity Action Plan in Fingal, today’s funding increase will allow Fingal County Council to play an ever more active role in our plans to address biodiversity loss.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Noonan said:
“I’m delighted to be able to double the funding for this vital biodiversity funding scheme, which has proven immensely popular with Local Authorities, who have carried out really impactful projects with the funding. We have seen increasing participation in biodiversity and invasive species projects year-on-year, and the benefits of this are shared by all of us, not least local communities.
Combined with our announcement last year of the appointment of Biodiversity Officers in the Local Authorities, today’s funding increase will allow the Local Authorities to actively work to address biodiversity loss. The State has increased its funding to the NPWS in light of the biodiversity crisis and I’m delighted that we’re able to in turn increase funding to important initiatives such as this.”