Dear All-Ireland Pollinator Plan partner,
I just wanted to update you on what’s been happening recently with the Pollinator Plan:
- Thanks to funding from the Heritage Council and An Bord Bía we are able to employ a project officer to help with implementation in 2016. We had huge interest in the position and Dr Erin Jo Tiedeken will begin work with us on the 4th This should allow us to pick up the pace and provide more support to all of you. Erin will be in contact over the coming months.
- The interest in the Plan has continued to be overwhelmingly positive, with other organisations keen to sign up. We’ve also had a lot of interest from individual businesses keen to support the Plan and take pollinator friendly actions on their land/sites.
- The response to the junior version of the Plan has been extremely positive. Pól Mac Cana has very generously translated the text into Irish and we hope to get an Irish language version designed and made available over the next 4-6 weeks.
- Within the steering group, we have been doing as much as we can behind the scenes to prepare the necessary guidelines for the implementation phase. You can see the schedule we are trying to work to on the website: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/pollinator-plan It is our intention to make sure that all partners/sectors have the guidelines they will need to make sure they know the kinds of actions they should take to implement the Plan. The first main set of guidelines for how local communities can help implement the Plan have been finalised and are due to go to the designer immediately after Easter. That should be available in mid-late April. Many other guidelines are in progress, and once Erin is in place we can move much faster on getting those completed and made available. We also hope to provide training to those of you who are interested over the coming years. We will be in touch to arrange that.
- The publicly available online mapping system which will allow us to recognise and track the actions that groups/individuals are taking is being developed and is due to be tested just after Easter. Depending on how much further development is necessary, we hope to have that available for use before the end of spring.
Thanks again for your support and we look forward to working with you over the coming years. If you have any questions or want me to clarify anything at this stage just get in touch.
Dr Úna FitzPatrick
Chair of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Steering Group
National Biodiversity Data Centre