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2nd All-Ireland Pollinator Plan launched by Minister Noonan

  • The second All-Ireland Pollinator Plan provides a five-year roadmap to help bees and nature

  • The first Plan generated unprecedented support from communities, local authorities, farmers, schools, businesses

  • The new Plan builds on that success with 186 actions outlining increased ambition for pollinator conservation

  • The National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is funding a full-time project officer to support the Plan

Today (March 26th 2021), the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 is being launched by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien T.D., together with Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan T.D. and Minister of State for Forestry, Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett.

***See the new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan here***

The new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) represents the second phase of this very successful project. It presents a five-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

Reflecting on the value of bottom-up action for nature, Minister Malcolm Noonan said:

“The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is an inspiring example of what can be achieved by empowering all sectors of society to get involved in science-based action for nature. Whether by planting native trees, providing nesting habitat, letting the grass grow or reducing pesticide use, the Plan makes it easy for everyone – rural or urban, young or old, expert or novice – to get involved in biodiversity conservation. Not only is this important for wildlife, it’s also important for people: connecting communities, encouraging outdoor activity and supporting hands-on practical action. I welcome my Department’s funding of a Project Officer to support the implementation of the Plan and implore everyone to get behind what is now very much a national effort to protect our pollinators.”

In addition to launching the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Minister Noonan contributed the foreword to the publication:


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