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.

Download the Council Partnership Framework

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)
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (November 2021)
  • 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)
  • Laois County Council (May 2021)
  • Leitrim County Council (June 2021)
  • Limerick City & County Council (Feb 2019)
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Mar 2019)
  • Longford County Council (Mar 2021)
  • Louth County Council (July 2021)
  • Mayo County Council (June 2019)
  • Meath County Council (Nov 2019)
  • Mid & East Antrim Borough Council (April 2021)
  • Monaghan County Council (June 2019)
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (September 2021)
  • 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.

Reporting 2021-2025

You can find out what our council partners have achieved through the reports below: 

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (2021): Council Partners – Annual Review. National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford.