21st January 2021 | Environment, Press Releases

Funding increase of over €700k to environmental NGOs welcomed by Green Party

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The Green Party has welcomed today’s announcement by Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications of an increase in funding of over €700,000 to environmental NGOs.

Representing an almost 70% increase in funding for 2021 to over €1.76m, Minister Ryan stated, “It is vital that we support a strong environmental civil society, which does vital work throughout the country in tackling climate change and protecting the natural environment for the benefit of communities and ensuring a legacy for future generations. This increase in funding will go towards strengthening support for this sector to ensure that environmental issues take centre stage in Ireland and internationally.”

According to the Irish Environmental Network there are almost 35,000 members working throughout the country to protect and enhance the natural environment. Volunteers contribute 6 million unpaid hours annually saving the exchequer an estimated €55m.

Minister Joe O’Brien, Green Party Spokesperson for Community Development and Charities added, “Environmental NGOs in Ireland play a critical role in a broad range of environmental issues, including wildlife conservation, biodiversity and climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to communities and society and NGOS have had to adapt quickly in response to the changing landscape. This increase in funding is a welcome recognition of these challenges for the sector but also recognition of the central role environmental NGOs must play in the years ahead.”