43 local environmental projects to receive funding from Local Agenda 21
€460,000 will come from the Environmental Partnership Fund, with local authorities bringing the sum of money allocated to €908,000.
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund supports local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups.
Announcing the funding, Minister Denis Naughten said: “I am pleased to announce that this year’s LA21 project funding is €908,000, that will support local projects to improve the environment and make our communities more sustainable.
“The fund shows how local initiatives can make a real difference in our communities, and showcases how small changes can make lasting improvements to our environment,” added the minister.
National Schools in Fedamore, Banogue and Donoughmore have also received money as part of the Local Agenda 21 project towards biodiversity education and nurturing school gardens.
Some other projects that will benefit from the funding are flora and fauna information boards in Askeaton, development of community gardens in Loughill and the development of Abbeyfeale’s park.
“The fund supports small scale non-profit environmental projects such as allotments, community gardens, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Funding provided by my department is matched by the local authorities, and projects also attract funding from other sources,” added Mr Naughten.
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2017 (LA21 EPF) which has operated since 1997 promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level.
The projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs.
The Fund encourages the involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates.
The projects that are eligible for the funding are chosen based on their ability to support and complement at a local level, national environmental policies, such as those on waste, biodiversity, climate change, air, water and sustainable development.
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