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2024 National Biodiversity Week kicks off with €96K LBAF funding for Limerick projects

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Sixteen Limerick biodiversity projects receive over €96k funding through the LBAF for 2024 National Biodiversity Week. Photo: Pexels

2024 National Biodiversity Week begins with Sixteen Limerick City and County Council biodiversity projects receiving funding totalling over €96k through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF)

Sixteen Limerick biodiversity projects receive over €96k funding through the LBAF for 2024 National Biodiversity Week. Photo: Pexels
The funding comes as Limerick marks National Biodiversity Week 2024 with a series of events highlighting the importance of biodiversity. Photo: Pexels

The fund supports biodiversity education and awareness projects, bird conservation projects, invasive species management and wetland surveys.

The funding comes as Limerick marks National Biodiversity Week 2024 with a series of events highlighting the importance of biodiversity.

Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD announced that €2.8 million LBAF funding has been awarded to local authorities across the country for 233 biodiversity projects.Among the projects funded in Limerick, €3,829 has been allocated for increasing biodiversity awareness through events during designated weeks, while €4,293 will go towards similar efforts during Heritage Week. 


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Hedgerow awareness initiatives received €850, and €4,000 was designated for increasing biodiversity awareness in libraries. Additionally, €850 will support biodiversity awareness talks, and a significant €25,500 has been allocated for a wetlands survey. An ecological survey of Newcastle West Demesne has been granted €3,400, and €2,250 will fund citizen hedgerow training.

Modelling of landscape connectivity for lesser horseshoe bats in County Limerick have received €5,207, while €3,400 has been awarded to Building Resilience and Biodiversity into your Farming system – an LCCC booklet.

Increasing Biodiversity Awareness with HIGH IMPACT urban-art biodiversity murals has received a significant boost of €17,000 in funding, and a further €15,000 has been awarded to a Control Programme of Giant Hogweed in the River Loobagh.

Other projects awarded are for Biodiversity Training for Staff with €2,700, the survey, and the removal of Giant Hogweed and raising awareness of its spread on the Morningstar River Limerick with €3,000. 

“Balsam Bashing” Lower River Shannon receives €4,000, while the Recording Irish mayfly – establishing conservation status project has received €1,289.

Sinead McDonnell, Biodiversity Officer at Limerick City and County Council said, “The Limerick projects being funded by the Local Biodiversity Action Fund underscore Limerick City and County Council’s commitment to enhancing and protecting Biodiversity across the city and county. The allocated money will be used to increase awareness of issues and support the implementation of the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan. The funding will put an extra spring in our step as we enjoy the series of engaging events lined up for National Biodiversity Week in Limerick.”  

First established in 2018, the Local Biodiversity Action Fund was created to assist local authorities in the implementation of actions in support of biodiversity. A total of just over €8.6m has been granted to local authorities through the LBAF since the scheme launched.

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