The Breeding Waders EIP Project Officially Launches

May 24, 2024 | EIP-AGRI

The Breeding Waders EIP Project was officially launched at Shannon Harbour on Tuesday, May 22nd by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., alongside Minister for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, and Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett. This €25 million initiative aims to protect and restore Ireland’s most vulnerable breeding wader populations.  Co-funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the project falls under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Agri Programme. It focuses on conserving and boosting populations of species such as Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing, Snipe, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, and Red-necked Phalarope through comprehensive landscape management and policy development.  Ireland’s breeding wader populations have seen dramatic declines in both numbers and breeding range since the 1970s, with many species now facing the threat of extirpation or functional extinction. The project management consists of an operational group led by Irish Rural Link in partnership with Irish Wildlife Services, Michael Martyn Agri-Environment, the Hen Harrier Programme, Atlantic Technological University, University College Dublin, Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park.   The project team will establish connections with landowners, stakeholders and communities to foster a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of breeding waders within the landscape. To find out more about this EIP-Agri project, you can visit their website on   

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