Burren farmers welcome €3m conservation project
A €3M blueprint that places farmers at the centre of Burren conservation is to be rolled out across 100 farms in the area.
Environment Minister John Gormley yesterday confirmed that his department was to provide the funding.
The money will go to farmers to implement the 'blueprint', which has been devised from the five-year-long BurrenLife project, which came to an official end on January 31.
The Department of the Environment is now seeking tenders to oversee the €3m spend.
National Parks and Wildlife Service director Ciaran O'Keeffe said: "The minister has been very supportive of the BurrenLife approach and nothing really comparable has happened before in terms of the success it has achieved. Everyone is delighted with it."
The objective of the project is to work towards an improvement in the conservation quality of the EU-protected habitats; to ensure sustainable agricultural management of high-nature-value farmland within the Burren; to contribute to improvements in water quality within the Burren, and to maintain the high quality of the Burren landscape and cultural heritage.
Burren IFA chairman Michael Davoren described the department's decision to fund the three-year project as "absolutely wonderful news".