The Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, has welcomed these innovative awards: “The ‘Together for Biodiversity Awards’ are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wealth of work being done at local level to protect wildlife and create and restore habitats across Ireland. By inviting nominees to present their work at the National Biodiversity Conference and announcing the winners at the event, we are ensuring that the voices of community groups are represented at this major national conference. We are delighted to partner with Dublin Port Company and the Irish Wildlife Trust on this collaborative initiative and I look forward to meeting the nominees and hearing about their efforts to enhance Ireland’s biodiversity.
Have you or your community been involved in a project to help protect local wildlife or habitats this year? Perhaps you planted a school wildlife garden, made your village more pollinator friendly or helped protect a local wetland. If so, all you have to do to enter is tell us about the work you carried out and how it helped your local biodiversity. More information here.
The Together for Biodiversity Awards are part of the National Biodiversity Conference, which takes place at Dublin Castle on 20th and 21st February 2019. The National Biodiversity Conference is being organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital.
There are categories for community groups, farmers, schools and individual biodiversity champions. The awards are a great opportunity to showcase the work of biodiversity champions in our society. The deadline for entries is December 3rd 2018. After this date, entries will be reviewed by the organisers and posted online so that the public can vote on their favourite. The projects with the highest number of public votes will progress to the judging panel, who will select the top three finalists in each category, along with the category winner.
Finalists will be invited to the the National Biodiversity Conference to exhibit a poster on their project. Winners will be announced by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, and CEO of Dublin Port Company, Eamon O’Reilly. The winner of each category will receive €2,000 to spend on a future biodiversity project, while runners up will receive €500-worth of vouchers to support their work.