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Durkan announces £2.6million environment funding boost

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a £2.6million funding boost for eligible Not for Profit organisations and councils to support key environmental projects across Northern Ireland.

This Fund has been made available to eligible organisations to protect and improve our habitats; the quality of our air and water; promote health, well being, resource efficiency; sustainable economic development and access to the natural environment.

Announcing the award, Mark H Durkan said: “This £2.6million funding boost is good news for those organisations who seek to protect, enhance and conserve some of the finest aspects of our natural environment for generations to enjoy.

“This grant programme will help tackle the most acute environmental priorities facing us in the North. It will go directly to projects that protect and improve the environment that we and future generations live in.

“In a tough financial climate, I pledged that I would try and find funding to continue to support environmental groups and projects across the North in the future. I can confirm that with close management of my budget I can award £2.6million to 35 organisations to take forward 37 key projects as part of this Fund.”

The local organisations that will receive the funding are as follows:

  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
    £7,166
    Continuation of continuous monitoring within AQMA Dungiven, passive monitoring of NO2 levels throughout the borough
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT)
    £150,000
    Management of the three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and the World Heritage Site (WHS); deliver the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme (HLF funded); deliver the Drifting Apart project (EU funded); conservation of designated sites of national and international importance in the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
  • The Conservation Volunteers
    £30,000
    Conservation action on a local level on a number of sites across counties Antrim, Londonderry and Tyrone.

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