On 30th November the Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen announced the allocation of £2.6 million to environmental projects across Northern Ireland in 2017/18. This is taken from the revenue raised by the carrier bag levy which is proving to be a vital source of environmental funding in the face of an overall reduction in spending on our environment. Last year many organisations benefited from the fund and it is good news that further funding will be available next year. There are two strands to the funding:
- Protection and enhancement of habitats, species and landscape
- Promoting health, well-being, resource efficiency and sustainable economic development.