|The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 was launched last week by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, together with Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD and Minister of State for Forestry, Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett.
The new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) represents the second phase of this very successful project. It presents a 5-year roadmap that aims to help bees, other pollinating insects and our wider biodiversity by engaging communities, local authorities, farmers, schools and businesses, among others, to take action for nature.
There are 186 actions to help biodiversity, that:
- Encourage the restoration of land for pollinators and other biodiversity
- Celebrate farmland biodiversity and improve awareness of how farmers can help
- Support more councils to manage their land in a way that better integrates people and biodiversity
- Engage new sectors, such as hospitals and nursing homes
- Increase the focus on rare species that are at risk of disappearing, like the Great Yellow Bumblebee
- Grow and support the networks of people helping across all sectors
- Encourage more people to pledge their garden for pollinators, creating pitstops for hungry bees right across our landscape
- Identify new research priorities so that our universities can continue to grow the evidence-base to best support the initiative
- Reinforce Ireland’s position as a world leader in pollinator conservation by establishing a ‘Pollinator Trail’ that identifies and celebrates excellent examples of restored pollinator habitat right across the island.
In addition to launching the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Ministers O’Brien, Noonan and Burke at the Department of Housing jointly issued a letter to all Local Authorities and Councillors, requesting them to consider what they can to support pollinators on their own lands, particularly in the important early Spring season.
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