Over €100,000 in funding allocated for biodiversity projects in Meath

€100,000 in funding is being allocated for biodiversity projects in Meath as part of an overall €2.7m in funding for local biodiversity projects announced today by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan.

€107,799 is going to 6 projects in Meath. Over €2.5 million is being awarded to local authorities to carry out biodiversity projects through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF) and €193k is being granted to the natural history recording community through the Small Recording Grants scheme.

Projects approved this year include

€36,083 for the County Meath Community Biodiversity Initiatives

€20,740 for the Biodiversity Education Programme 2023

€19,871 for the Native Tree Nursery Project

€13,012 for Phase II: Urban Biodiversity Audits in Navan, Trim, and Kells

€11,093 for the Commons of Lloyd Management Plan

€7,000 for a Bat Survey

A total of 188 projects have been approved across all 31 local authorities, covering a range of biodiversity-related activities, including invasive alien species control, dune restoration, wetland surveys and biodiversity awareness and training.

Operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the scheme was first launched in 2018. Since then, a total of just over €6m has been granted to local authorities through the LBAF for projects that support actions in the 3rd National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP). This year’s grants will build on that investment.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD said:

“Given that it’s Biodiversity Week, I’m especially delighted to announce funding of over €2.5 million for 188 biodiversity projects. The Local Biodiversity Action Fund is an enormously impactful scheme that supports local authorities and communities to deliver on Ireland’s national objectives for nature, from invasive species to habitat restoration to awareness-raising to surveys and monitoring work. As more and more Biodiversity Officers join the ranks of our local authorities, I know that the benefits for nature and people that this Fund provides are only going to grow.”