What We Do

Environment Fund

DAERA Launched the Environment Fund 2023-2028 as A Catalyst for Environmental Innovation in Northern Ireland. Newry Mourne and Down District Council were a successful applicant; you can read more about the environment fund for Mourne Gullion Strangford in this section.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) administers the Environment Fund 2023-2028, a strategic initiative aimed at championing projects that contribute to key environmental outcomes across Northern Ireland.

The Environment Fund, under the administration of DAERA, focuses on two critical Environmental Impact Priority areas:

  1. Nature and Climate Recovery: Building Ecological and Climate Resilience
  2. Connecting People with the Environment

This funding initiative serves as a crucial support mechanism, aligning with the broader environmental goals set for the region. Projects must demonstrate they are delivering measurable key environmental outcomes at various scales.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is a key government department in Northern Ireland, dedicated to promoting sustainable environmental practices and fostering rural development. The Environment Fund is one of its flagship initiatives, reflecting a commitment to preserving Northern Ireland’s natural heritage.

This section provides information on the management for Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and Strangford Lough, Murlough, and Carlingford Lough Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark

The Geopark Management Group are committed to achieving measurable environmental outcomes. Our focus is on fulfilling environmental obligations outlined in various strategies, policies, and legislation. Newry Mourne ans Down District Council deliver the actions for this environment fund for The Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale AONBs, along with the Strangford Lough, Murlough, and Carlingford Lough MPAs.

  1. Enhancing Wellbeing Through Healthy Landscapes:
    • Creating environments that contribute to the overall wellbeing of communities.
    • Establishing places where people aspire to live, work, and visit.
  2. Positive Sub-regional Environmental Impact:
    • Implementing initiatives with positive environmental effects at a sub-regional level.
    • Contributing to the overall health and vitality of the areas we manage.
  3. Community Involvement and Support:
    • Securing substantial funding from two local authorities to support our initiatives.
    • Engaging volunteers in project delivery to foster a living, working landscape cherished by all.

Join us in our commitment to cultivating a region where nature thrives, communities flourish, and everyone can revel in the beauty of our landscapes.