€1.1 million for conservation work at Cuilcagh Mountain

Information sessions in Drumshanbo, Glangevlin, Swanlinbar and Florencecourt

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

€1.1 million for conservation work at Cuilcagh Mountain

Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk.

The Special EU Programmes Body has announced additional funding for a large cross-border environment project.


The Collaborative Action for the Natura Network (CANN) project is to receive an additional €1.1 million to carry out important conservation work at Cuilcagh Mountain and Cuilcagh-Anierin Uplands Special Areas of Conservation in counties Fermanagh, Leitrim and Cavan, which are recognised for their environmental significance both nationally and internationally.


The CANN project, a €9.4 million project led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in partnership with 10 other organisations from the public and charity sectors, aims to preserve endangered species and restore natural habitats found at 25 selected designated sites within Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.


CANN is due to run until 2021 and the project team hopes that by working alongside local communities an overall aim of improving the conservation status of these EU designated sites can be achieved, thus ensuring the sustainability of these iconic landscapes, habitats and species for future generations.


The project is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Congratulating the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the SEUPB said: “This new site will prove a welcome addition to the essential conservation activity that will be undertaken throughout the lifetime of the project.”


Drop-in information events
If you want to find out more about the CANN project and the work that the CANN project team will be carrying out locally, you are invited attend one of the following drop-in information events, where you will have a chance to learn more about the project and to ask the CANN project team any questions you may have. All sessions will be open between 11am and 7pm.
- Tuesday, February 12 – St. Patrick’s Hall, Glangevlin, Co. Cavan
-  Friday, February 15 – Trivia House, Swanlinbar, Co. Cavan
-  Tuesday, February 19 – Tully Mill Complex, Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh
-  Tuesday, February 26 – Mayflower Hall, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim


All are welcome to attend these free of charge sessions, and tea and coffee will be provided.
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland.