BIPG is a community group working to sustain the island population through the creation of employment, promoting community initiatives and supporting local businesses.
Woodlands of Ireland is an inclusive, membership organisation dedicated to native woodlands.
The primary objectives of Woodlands of Ireland are:
- to generate awareness of native woodlands amongst policy makers and the general public
- to develop projects and sustainable management strategies aimed at ensuring the future viability of native woodlands
Both objectives are often addressed together in a partnership format, especially through the implementation of flagship projects, training courses, technical publications, policy development and the provision of support at local level.
What work the Heritage Council is funding this year:
In 2016 the Heritage Council is part-funding the development and launch of a 5-year Native Woodland Strategy (see www.woodlandsofireland.com/publications); promotional activities re the application and uptake of the Forest Service Native Woodland Scheme, especially targeting high biodiversity value old/ancient woodlands and new native woodland establishment in sensitive catchments; a two-day Native Woodland training course to accredit Native Woodland practitioners working on the Native Woodland Scheme; participation on the Irish Deer Management Forum (IDMF) Steering Committee and its ‘Data Collection and Research’ Working Group of which WoI is a member; participation on the Irish Forum on Natural Capital as Steering Committee Chair and financial administrator.