Ireland’s BurrenLIFE project has been shortlisted as one of the top five Nature Conservation Projects in Europe, as part of a competition celebrating the impact of the EU LIFE funding programme.
Over 4,300 LIFE projects around Europe have been supported through the LIFE fund since 1992, with a combined cost of over €3.4b.
To mark the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme a number of initiatives are taking place this May. One of these is the ‘Green Awards Facebook’ competition to choose the most outstanding completed LIFE projects since 1992.
The BurrenLIFE is the only Irish programme nominated; the other projects include programmes from Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium and Slovenia.
Judges highlighted the BurrenLIFE project – nominated in the Nature and Biodiversity category – for its “phenomenal impact on a unique landscape”, adding that it “pioneered a novel approach to farming and conservation”.
The BurrenLIFE project evolved from collaboration between local farmers and the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the late 1990s. It piloted innovative solutions to challenges faced by Burren farmers and created a blueprint for sustainable farming in the region.
There is a Facebook vote to select the top 2 projects and people are being asked to support BurrenLIFE project by ‘liking’ it. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 10, and the overall winners will be announced in an awards ceremony during the 2017 EU Green Week on May 30, in Brussels.
Show your support for Ireland’s BurrenLIFE Programme by voting now, here.