In February 2019, a new Council Partnership Framework was launched.
Most Councils/ Local Authorities were already taking actions to support pollinators on public land. Many also work with local community groups, residents’ associations and schools to help raise awareness of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. To better support these efforts and to better promote the work being undertaken, this framework was developed to recognise Councils as partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
To date, the following councils have become partners to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan:
- Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (Nov 2019)
- Ards and North Down Borough Council (April 2019)
- Carlow County Council (July 2020)
- Clare County Council (Feb 2020)
- Cork City Council (Sept 2019)
- Derry City & Strabane District Council (April 2020)
- Donegal County Council (Jan 2020)
- Dublin City Council (Mar 2019)
- Dun Laoghaoire Rathdown County Council (Mar 2019)
- Fermanagh & Omagh District Council (May 2021)
- Fingal County Council (Mar 2019)
- Galway City Council (May 2020)
- Galway County Council (Oct 2020)
- Kerry County Council (June 2019)
- Kildare County Council (Feb 2021)
- Kilkenny County Council (Feb 2019)
- Limerick City & County Council (Feb 2019)
- Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Mar 2019)
- Longford County Council (Mar 2021)
- Mayo County Council (June 2019)
- Meath County Council (Nov 2019)
- Mid & East Antrim Borough Council (April 2021)
- Monaghan County Council (June 2019)
- Offaly County Council (April 2020)
- Roscommon County Council (May 2021)
- South Dublin County Council (Nov 2019)
- Tipperary County Council (April 2019)
- Waterford City & County Council (April 2019)
- Wexford County Council (April 2019)
- Westmeath County Council (Feb 2020)
- Wicklow County Council (Nov 2019)
Becoming a partner offers Councils/Local Authorities a suite of benefits in addition to biodiversity enhancement, including:
- Partnership with an internationally renowned strategy to reverse declines in biodiversity.
- A framework outlining options with the flexibility to choose from a variety of low/cost-neutral evidence-based actions that will have a positive impact.
- Access to training, guidance documents, support materials, case studies, etc. to help staff decide on appropriate actions. For more information, see: https://pollinators.ie/councils
- Helps demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements such as the Council’s Biodiversity statutory responsibilities.
- Enhancing the local landscape for pollinators supports local food producers
- A framework to help support the delivery of key plans:
– National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 (Action 4.1.8. Implement All-Ireland Pollinator Plan)
– Biodiversity Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020
– County Development Plan (protecting natural habitats and plants objectives)
– Green Infrastructure Plan (protecting and managing natural wildlife corridors and habitats)
– Climate Change Adaptation Measures (resilience to climate change)
– Local Biodiversity Action Plan
– County Biodiversity Plan (pollinator actions)
– EU Habitats Directive (ecological networks and buffer areas)
- A demonstration of your biodiversity credentials to local residents who are increasingly concerned with supporting environmentally friendly initiatives.
- Actions to support community engagement and strengthen relationships with local groups who are also working to protect our pollinators, e.g. Tidy Towns groups, Ulster in Bloom.
- Actions to support Local Agenda 21
- Actions to support the Green Schools Programme (Biodiversity Theme) (ROI) and Eco-Schools (NI)
- Actions taken for pollinators can contribute to the Green Flag Award for parks under the sustainability, conservation and community involvement criteria.
At the end of each year, Council Partners are asked to report on their actions for pollinators during the year. Some councils have only recently become partners, so will not report until the end of 2020. You can find out about what some of our council partners have achieved in 2019 through the reports below: