Environment

  • To (i) promote cross-border co-operation in the recovery of selected protected habitats and priority species (value: €11m) and (ii) develop crossborder co-operation capacity for the monitoring and management of marine protected areas and species (value: €11m)
  • To improve (i) water quality in shared transitional waters (value: €30m) and (ii) freshwater quality in cross-border river basins (value: €20m).

East Border Region Ltd are project partner in three INTERREG VA Environment Projects:

CANN (Collaborative Action for the Natura Network) Project

Start and End Dates: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2021

The CANN (Collaborative Action for the Natura Network) Project, led by Newry Mourne and Down District Council, has been awarded up to €7,097,235 with a total project cost of €8,349,687.85. The project will help protect endangered species and restore natural habitats on a cross-border basis. The Council will head a consortium of Local Authorities, Research Institutions and Charities from across the region. The CANN consortium will carry out activities across 25 separate sites. This will include the delivery of 25 Conservation Action Plans and see direct conservation actions delivered on 18 of these sites. These actions will involve improving the conservation status of over 3,000 hectares of protected habitats. Upon completion, the project will have enhanced the condition of projected habitats and priority species found in Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

Project Partners: Newry Mourne and Down District Council, East Border Region Ltd, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Ulster University, Ulster Wildlife, Monaghan County Council, Institute of Technology Sligo, Golden Eagle Trust, Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Shared Waters Enhancement and Loughs Legacy (SWELL)

Start and End Dates: 01/02/2016 - 31/10/2017

The Shared Waters Enhancement and Loughs Legacy (SWELL) project has been awarded up to €3,098,722 with a total project cost of €3,645,614.20. The project will improve the water quality status of Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle. The cross-border project involves a detailed investigation into the causes of water pollution and the most effective ways to prevent it. It will, for the first time, bring together key state owned water companies from Northern Ireland and Ireland as it will be delivered by both NI Water and Irish Water. The funding awarded also has the potential to unlock an additional €31.7m worth of support under the INTERREG VA Programme to improve wastewater treatment assets that will benefit 10,000 people on a cross-border basis.

Project Partners: Northern Ireland Water, Irish Water and East Border Region

Source to Tap

Start and End Dates: 01/10/2016 - 31/03/2022

The Innovative Source to Tap project led by Northern Ireland Water, has been awarded up to €4,173,433 with a total project cost of €5,306,430.55. The project will ultimately improve water quality on both sides of the border. Upon completion, the project will protect the region's sources of freshwater found in Lough Derg and Lough Erne and thereby help ensure compliance with the EU's Drinking Water Directive. Working with farmers and other land managers, Source to Tap will help reduce pesticide and fertiliser run off, which can find its way into the watercourse. It will also pilot measures with forestry operators to reduce water pollution caused by tree felling, which can lead to increased levels of silt in freshwater drinking supplies. Source to Tap aims to restore 135 hectares of land back to natural peat habitat and in doing so will identify pioneering restoration solutions that can be shared across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.

Project Partners:  Northern Ireland Water, Irish Water, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Rivers Trust, Ulster University and East Border Region Ltd.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council