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Cavan LEADER supports Environmental Projects in 2020

Breffni Integrated CLG has a number of Cavan LEADER funding and training initiatives in place to support the conservation and protection of our local natural environment in 2020. Climate Change is in the headlines daily and many communities in Cavan are looking for solutions for the benefit the futures generations. Breffni Integrated is encouraging all citizens to consider what they can do in their communities, farms and businesses to reduce Co2 emissions and enhance the natural environment in which we all live.

Breffni Integrated CLG have announced details of their LEADER funding call to invite community groups, farmers and businesses to submit ‘expressions of interests’ (EOI’s) for ‘Water Conservation’ projects. Some typical projects which could be funded under this call include; community access to local water amenities, invasive species control of aquatic zones, rainwater harvesting projects and conservation of wetland areas/bogs to name but a few. See the 'Water Conservation' call poster for more information about this call on our Facebook page from this link. The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Thursday 30th January 2020. Following the closing date, all eligible EOI’s will be invited to attend a workshop to support groups in preparing their LEADER application in February 2020. Expression of interest forms can be downloaded from here.

In 2019, Breffni Integrated delivered a series courses entitled 'Introduction to Biodiversity' to 80 participants in four different venues across Cavan. The results of this training has indicated that the communities and individuals living in Cavan want to do more for their natural environment. In December 2019, 25 participants of Cavan LEADER Biodiversity Training visited Nature’s PATCH Network, Bailieborough, where Goska Wilkowska, Ecologist, Nature’s PATCH and Colm Clarke, Ecologist, Scott Cawley introduced the group to the biodiversity that exists within our Irish wetlands.

Wetlands in Cavan are Important part of natural environment

In addition, Breffni Integrated on behalf of Cavan LEADER LAG is planning to deliver a pilot ‘Community based Climate Change Adaption & Mitigation’ training programme in County Cavan, to commence in Feb/March 2020. The training will be rolled out in 3 different locations, over 8 weeks with places available for 20 participants on each programme. The aim of the training is to enable participants to build awareness and capacity regarding climate change within their communities, by equipping them with knowledge and skills which they can apply to their activities in order to make their communities more climate resilient and environmentally sustainable. Further information about this training opportunity will be available in February 2020 and there will be a public information event to answer all queries. When it is available, further information will be published here on our website, twitter and facebook pages.