Twenty-one environmental projects to benefit from DOE funding

Admin 2 Foyle, Press Releases, Stormont

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced that 21 environmental projects will benefit from DOE’s Natural Environment Fund.(NEF).
~ Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The £1.25million NEF fund will enable NGOs and landscape management bodies to help protect our landscape, species and access to the countryside.
Given the acute economic situation that Minister Durkan faced, there was no money in the DOE Budget for this sector.
Minister Durkan, however, was able to set up the NEF from receipts from the Carrier Bag Levy.
Mark H Durkan said: “There is no doubt that these are tough economic times. As a result I was faced with the situation of wanting to help this sector, especially given the sterling work they do for our countryside and species, but having no money in the kitty to do so. Against this backdrop and through imaginative use of receipts from the Carrier Bag Levy, I created the NEF. This has meant 21 groups will now benefit.
“When the Carrier Bag Levy was introduced, the promise was that it would be spent on the environment and for the benefit of everyone. We are fulfilling that promise, but in a focussed way with emphasis on projects that deliver critical environmental priorities and benefit communities.
“The NGOS and landscape management bodies have been very much part of the process of establishing the NEF. Last month I set up a workshop with NGOs to get feedback from them on how we could maximise the fund.
“My officials will organise further workshops with key natural and built heritage partners in the summer and autumn to discuss how we can all continue to deliver against key environmental outcomes which will include protecting our landscapes, habitats and species and providing opportunities for each of us to explore, enjoy and cherish our environment in the North.
“Be assured, I will continue to keep seeking ways to find funding for the benefit of our environment.”
Projects to benefit from funding are as follows;
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will receive £60,000 from the NEF to administer the funding to Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership. They will also receive £49,000 from the NEF for the Ring of Gullion Project.
Two Cookstown environment projects will benefit from funding from the DOE’s Natural Environment Fund (NEF).
Ballinderry Rivers Trust will receive will receive £25,000 from the NEF for the Ballinderry Living River Project. Rivercare Limited will receive £11,705 for the Ballinderry Fresh Water Pearl Mussel Rescue Project.
Lough Neagh Partnership will receive £28,051 from the NEF.
Lagan Valley Regional Park will receive £25,000 from the NEF.
Belfast Hills Partnership NGO will receive £45,000 from the NEF.
Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust will receive £110,000 from the NEF
Mourne Heritage Trust will receive £149,000 from the NEF.

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