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Calling on all Local Authorities to sign up as All-Ireland Pollinator Plan partners

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Most people appreciate the beauty wildflowers bring to our landscape, they want the option to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and they want to buy affordable Irish apples or strawberries in our shops. This can only happen in a landscape that supports pollinators and provides them with nesting areas and a diverse diet from spring to autumn.  We know that one third of our 98 wild bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. We also know that the abundance of our common bumblebees has declined by an alarming 14% since 2012. The problem is urgent, but together we can change their fate. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a call to action to everyone from councils to farmers, local communities, faith communities, gardeners, businesses and transport authorities.

In 2017, we released a guideline document with a range of 30 evidence-based actions for Councils to consider. Since then, many Local Authorities have been taking practical actions to support pollinators on public land. Many are also working 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, a new partnership framework was launched in February 2019.  This aims to formally recognise Councils as partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and to give them recognition for their work.

In becoming an All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Partner, Local Authorities agree to support the ethos of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan; to consider the Plan in their policies, plans, and management decisions where possible; to carry out one pollinator-friendly action in the first year of signing up and plan to carry out at least three more within the following five years. Local authority partners will also provide updates on the pollinator actions they have planned, implemented or maintained at the end of each year. With current challenges to the natural world, including Climate Change, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan offers local authorities a way of conserving the free ecosystem services provided by pollinating insects.

A larger number are in train, but as of the 21st March the following Local Authorities have already formally signed up as partners of the Plan: Dún Laoghaoire Rathdown County Council; Fingal County Council; Kilkenny County Council; Limerick County Council; Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

We would ask all Local Authorities to consider signing up as AIPP partners so that together we make positive changes for biodiversity and change the plight of our pollinators. For more information see:

www.pollinators.ie/councils

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