Funding increase of over €700k to environmental NGOs welcomed by Leave No Trace Ireland

Leave No Trace Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications of the significant increase in funding of €1,764,000 for the Irish Environmental Network and its members in 2021. This is an increase of €704,000 on the level of funding provided in 2020.

The Irish Environmental Network is made up of over 30 environmental groups from around the country including An Taisce, BirdWatch Ireland, the Irish Wildlife Trust, VOICE , Friends of the Earth and Leave No Trace Ireland.

Minister Ryan commented:

“I am very aware of the critical work carried out by the member organisations of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN). These national environmental NGOs are active on a broad range of environmental issues, including wildlife conservation, biodiversity and climate change.

“I have worked closely with the IEN members for many years and I have met them on a number of occasions since I became Minister. I am very aware of the financial challenges the sector has faced over the last number of years and how the Covid 19 pandemic has impacted on these organisations. Their role in how we address the climate and biodiversity challenges we face has never been more crucial.

“Therefore, I am pleased to be able to deliver this substantial increase in their financial supports so that they can continue to build on their great work. I do this in recognition of the significant contribution they continue to make to Irelands fight against climate change.”


Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland said

“We are delighted to receive news of the substantial increase in funding for environmental NGOs in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to communities and society and NGOS including Leave No Trace Ireland have had to adapt quickly in response to the changing landscape. This increase in funding will allow us to continue to deliver our mission of the promotion of responsible outdoor recreation”.






Maura Kiely, CEO, Leave No Trace Ireland

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Leave No Trace Ireland is Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors. Through education, research and partnerships, Leave No Trace Ireland enables and supports individuals, communities, organisations and companies in reducing the environmental impact of outdoor activities.