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IFI to provide over €1m for new river conservation projects

Inland Fisheries Ireland Habitats & Conservation 2024 Funding Call launched on Wednesday 15 November 2023 with €1 million in new grants to support fish, and their habitats, in rivers nationwide.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is to provide more than €1 million in new grants to support fish, and their habitats, in rivers nationwide. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)’s Habitats and Conservation funding call 2024 is now live, and expressions of interest can be made up to December 15th. Since 2016, IFI has given more than €6 million in grants to over 280 projects throughout the country under the programme.

The conservation and protection of Atlantic salmon and sea trout is an integral part of IFI’s progressive and sustainable fisheries management operations. This funding will improve fish habitats and increase juvenile abundance of salmon and trout. A total of €1,050,000 is being allocated in 2024. We are investing in transformative conservation projects that have a strong focus on outcomes. Priority will be given to proposals that rehabilitate damaged river habitats, improve water quality, and help fish traverse physical in-stream barriers, like weirs.

Barry Fox, Head of Operations at Inland Fisheries Ireland

Learn more:

Co Meath: Riverbank habitat restoration works on the Stonyford River, Stonestown Co. Meath – showing recovery of riparian vegetation following fencing works. 

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.