Theme 3

Rural Environment

This theme seeks to maximise the potential of environmental actions to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. It focuses on utilising the landscape within a local area, its features and natural resources, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection. LAGs and project promoters must comply with all national and EU Legislation, as well as any restrictions or obligations imposed by Government Departments or the relevant Local Authority, which may apply to the proposed project. All projects must have the necessary permissions or licences in place before any work commences. Projects funded under the sub-theme must also comply with the relevant Environment and Heritage rules


Protection and Sustainable use of Water Resources

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Greater protection of local water resources is important for sustaining rural communities. Environmental schemes have the potential to play a pivotal role in addressing pressures on water reserves and in supporting the local community to conserve this valuable resource.

Actions funded under this sub-theme may include –

  • Raising general awareness on water conservation issues,
  • The development of local water conservation plans and feasibility studies;
  • Capacity building on the technical aspects of water recycling schemes and
  • Initiatives that conserve water, for example, community programmes for rain water harvesting and the use of grey water for fertiliser and general washing.

Strategic actions

The following actions were identified through consultation process and presented via the Local Development Strategy:

Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources. Local Objective 6

Protection of rural Dublin’s local water resources through awareness creation and appropriate interventions.
Financial allocation: (€) 299,168 Number of Strategic actions: 2

Strategic Action 17

Water Conservation Awareness and Training Programmes.

Strategic Action 18

Increase awareness and support small scale Water conservation infrastructure and feasibility.


Protection and Improvement of Local Biodiversity


Biodiversity encompasses natural wildlife, flora and fauna and is an important foundation to the healthy functioning of ecosystems. The protection of biodiversity is a growing concern, with the loss of various species of wildlife, flora and fauna as well as their natural habitat. Factors that impact on local biodiversity include human population growth, cutting hedgerows and changes in land usage.

Actions that promote local biodiversity might include –

  • Awareness raising and practical guidance on how to protect biodiversity domestically;
  • Feasibility studies and action plans in respect of larger scale projects that enhance and protect particular aspects of biodiversity;
  • Local initiatives that support biodiversity and environmental improvements, for example,the upgrading of parks and river walks, establishment of nature corridors, habitat creation and planting of native species.

Strategic actions

The following actions were identified through consultation process and presented via the Local Development Strategy:

Protection and Improvement of Local Biodiversity. Local Objective 7

Enhance DUBLIN RURAL unique local Biodiversity and Healthy Ecosystems.
Financial allocation: (€) 298,000 Number of Strategic actions: 2

Strategic Action 19

Community Biodiversity Animation, Awareness and Training Programme.

Strategic Action 20

Biodiversity and Conservation Support.


Development of Renewable Energy


Clean sources of energy have a lower environmental impact on nature than conventional energy technologies. This sub-theme seeks to mitigate the impact of recent environmental trends, including climate change. Community-based initiatives will play a key role in realising national and EU environmental targets, particularly in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through energy infrastructure. Renewable energy technologies may also generate new employment opportunities in rural areas.

Actions might include –

  • General awareness raising on environmental issues and feasibility studies relating to green technologies;
  • Capacity building actions focusing on the installation and use of renewable energy technologies; and
  • Local projects involving technologies that deliver sustainable energy alternatives, for example, biomass heating, solar power, community wind farms and community-based heating systems.

Strategic actions

The following actions were identified through consultation process and presented via the Local Development Strategy:

Development of Renewable Energy. Local Objective 8

Strengthen rural Dublin`s tourism offering through people, product and place in harmony with its unique rural environments.
Financial allocation: (€) 929,667 Number of Strategic actions: 5

Strategic Action 21

Renewable Energy Awareness and Training Programme.

Strategic Action 22

Increase number of Renewable Energy Products and Businesses.

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