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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht opens applications for biodiversity funding to local authorities

Minister Josepha Madigan has announced a funding stream for local authority projects that promote actions contained in the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) 2017-2021.

The Plan, Ireland’s third, was launched in October 2017, capturing the objectives, targets and actions for biodiversity that will be undertaken by a wide range of government, civil society and private sectors towards attaining Ireland’s ‘Vision for Biodiversity' - namely that that in the future “biodiversity and ecosystems in Ireland are conserved and restored, delivering benefits essential for all sectors of society and that Ireland contributes to efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems in the EU and globally”.

Stakeholder participation is crucial to achieving targets set out in the Plan, and local authorities around the country are ideally placed to engage with community groups and volunteers who may not have an opportunity to engage directly with the implementation of the Plan on a national level.

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EPA National Water Event 2018 - Pathways to Progress

The Environmental Protection Agency is organising the National Water Event 2018 titled "Pathways to Progress" on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018 in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.

This event is a key forum for Local Authorities, Regulators and Water Professionals to learn about current changes in Ireland's water policy and practices.

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Esri Ireland on track for 2020 vision following €1.6m expansion investment

Esri Ireland has invested €1.6m into the expansion of its operations and development of its service offerings in response to increasing customer demand.

The software firm, who specialise in the application of geographic information systems (GIS), is also seeing a shift in what their clients are looking for.

"The demand is primarily on the services side of things and this has driven the need for more people skilled in the geospatial area," director and country manager, Paul Synott told Independent.ie.

"We are seeing more and more of how the implementation and the integration of our software into their own systems is required as customers undergo their own digital transformation."

Esri Ireland, part of the Esri Global Network, has worked with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), for example, on bringing their weekly paper-based report for the industry through to a mobile app and web-based online interaction for their users.

Between its offices in Dublin and Holywood in Co. Antrim, Esri Ireland employs 75 people, including software engineers, GIS consultants and developers, and sales and marketing professionals.

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National Biodiversity Week 2018

National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them, showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature, and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more. Over the course of nine days, from 19th – 27th May 2018, over 50 free, family-friendly events will be taking place all over Ireland celebrating our diverse species and habitats.

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SEAI is Searching for Sustainable Energy Winners Across Ireland

SEAI has begun the search for Ireland’s energy leaders who are demonstrating innovative approaches to clean energy with high replication potential. The SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Businesses, public bodies and communities who are working towards a cleaner energy future for Ireland are encouraged to apply.

The nine categories for 2018 cover a wide range of areas and activities that reflect SEAI’s key focus areas. Winning entries will go well beyond the norms of sustainable energy best practice, excelling in some or all of these areas:

– Achieving multiple tangible benefits


– Achieving significant energy demand reduction or clean energy deployment


– Robust implementation approach


– High levels of innovation


– Strong potential for replication

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