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Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

 

The Geopark, which was designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, has been shortlisted in the Destination Leadership category of The National Geographic World Legacy Awards alongside Destination Røros (Norway) and Travel Oregon (United States). 

Read more: Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

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New Locally-Led Burren Programme Opens

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has opened the new Burren Programme for applications from interested farmers. The new scheme is one of the flagship projects to be supported under the proposed new Locally-Led Measure for the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.

Read more: New Locally-Led Burren Programme Opens

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Two New Swatches Added to the Ireland’s Biodiversity Suite!

 

We’re delighted to introduce two new swatches to our ‘Ireland’s Biodiversity’ suite: ‘Ireland’s Ladybirds’ and ‘Trees & Shrubs’.

These swatches are pocket-sized, field-friendly, beautifully illustrated guides providing information on the identification of Ireland’s Biodiversity. Species are grouped by colour to highlight key identification features.

Read more: Two New Swatches Added to the Ireland’s Biodiversity Suite!

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Bell and Foster Welcome Announcement of New UNESCO Destination for Northern Ireland

Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is now one of 120 such sites across the globe and sits alongside the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site as the second of only two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland. The status is awarded in recognition of an area's internationally important rocks and landscapes and how they are used for sustainable tourism.

Read more: Bell and Foster Welcome Announcement of New UNESCO Destination for Northern Ireland

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Blogging, Friends and the Future of Greenside Up

I began blogging almost six years ago and the experience has brought me on an amazing journey. I've made some special friends, met a tremendous amount of talented people and learnt even more from them all.

Blog Awards

On Thursday I received a message letting me know that the Greenside Up blog had achieved a Bronze Award for Health and Wellbeing at the Blog Awards Ireland, an honour and one I’m thankful for given that there were over 4,000 nominations, 1,800 entries and over 80,000 public votes for all the blogs.

Read more: Blogging, Friends and the Future of Greenside Up

Minister Kelly Announces Recipients of grants under the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, recently announced the successful recipients of grant funding under the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. This grant scheme promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at a local level.

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Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, launched the Native Woodland Conservation Scheme during his visit to the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Funding is provided under the Scheme to restore Ireland's native woodlands, which are rich complex ecosystems and an invaluable part of Ireland’s natural heritage.

Read more: Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Durkan Commends Newry and South Armagh Community Groups Improving Local Environment

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently visited the Ring of Gullion Area of Natural Beauty group who were awarded funding in June through the Natural Environment Fund. The Minister also took the opportunity to visit two of the three community groups in Newry and South Armagh who will benefit from the DOE’s Challenge Fund. He met with The Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group, and Ballyholland Sunshine Club, to see at first-hand how the funds will be spent.

Read more: Durkan Commends Newry and South Armagh Community Groups Improving Local Environment

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Minister Michael Ring TD Officially Opens First Phase of Visitor Access Facilities at ‘Wild Nephin’ – Ireland’s First Wilderness Project


The new visitor facilities at Wild Nephin, which is a joint project between Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, include a new car park, a viewing platform and picnic tables, to facilitate enhanced visitor access and represents the first phase of a programme of works to create a self-sustaining ecosystem that will provide an authentic ‘wilderness experience’ for those that visit.

Read more: Minister Michael Ring TD Officially Opens First Phase of Visitor Access Facilities at ‘Wild...

Walk Into History At This Year's European Heritage Open Days - Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently invited everyone in the Coleraine, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Ballycastle areas to enjoy the European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) Weekend on 12 and 13 September. History and culture will be brought to life with 34 historic properties and events opening across the North East areas. With all events free of charge and many which are family friendly, everyone can take the opportunity to step back in time.

Read more: Walk Into History At This Year's European Heritage Open Days - Durkan

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EU Funding for €5.4m Project for Restoration of Ireland’s Active Raised Bogs

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday) welcomed the approval by the European Commission of a new project worth over €5.4 million for the restoration of Active Raised Bog in Ireland’s Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Network. 

Read more: EU Funding for €5.4m Project for Restoration of Ireland’s Active Raised Bogs

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Marble Arch Caves Designation as a UNESCO Global Geopark

 The Marble Arch Caves Geopark has officially been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark.  Part of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is the Cavan Burren Park, which is managed by Coillte in association with Cavan Co Co.

Read more: Marble Arch Caves Designation as a UNESCO Global Geopark

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Distinguished Recorder Award 2015

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that Pádraig Whooley will be awarded the Distinguished Recorder Award for 2015 at a special awards ceremony at Ely House, Ely Place, Dublin 2 at 11.30am on Friday, 27th November. The award will be made in recognition to the outstanding contributions Pádraig has made to biological recording in Ireland.

Read more: Distinguished Recorder Award 2015

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16 Natural Alternatives to Herbicide Use

As I sat in a building and watched someone spray a herbicide outside the window, apart from the immediate sense of disappointment, the first thing I noticed was that they weren’t wearing any protection. Judging by the way they were emptying the liquid into the spray bottle, quite possibly they hadn’t paid any heed to the recommended dilution either. I asked if it was Roundup® and whether they had a mask and gloves. The response was “yep it is”, and “ah sure”…

Read more: 16 Natural Alternatives to Herbicide Use

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Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

 The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been shortlisted in an international awards scheme hosted by The National Geographic.

The Geopark, which was yesterday designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, has been shortlisted in the Destination Leadership category of The National Geographic World Legacy Awards alongside Destination Røros (Norway) and Travel Oregon (United States).

Read more: Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

Double Gold for Ireland in the Prestigious European Entente Florale Competition

Trim and Kilrush Win Gold!
The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D. congratulated Trim, Co. Meath and Kilrush, Co. Clare who both won Gold Medal Awards at the European Entente Florale Competition.

Read more: Double Gold for Ireland in the Prestigious European Entente Florale Competition

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Coillte at the National Ploughing Championships

As one of Europe's largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show, the National Ploughing Championships is a key event in the Coillte calendar.

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Planet's Total Tree Cover Down 46% Since Arrival of Humans

Ireland has lowest level of forest cover in Europe at 11%, says State forestry firm Coillte. The Earth fairly bristles with trees, with new research showing it has an estimated 3.04 trillion of them.

Read more: Planet's Total Tree Cover Down 46% Since Arrival of Humans

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Culture Night


Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 18th September 2015.

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Old Shoes Find New Life in Children's Playgrounds

An estimated 2.6 million new shoes are sold in Europe annually and, each year, 1.5 million tons of old shoes plus 90 000 tons of by-products from shoe manufacturers end up being deposited in landfill sites or incineration, both of which are potentially harmful to the environment. This innovative project used a special shoe grinding process to recycle old shoes, incorporating them into a wide variety of new products.

Read more: Old Shoes Find New Life in Children's Playgrounds

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