Environmental campaign wins EU prize

Irish businesses, environmental groups and government agencies have been recognised by the European Union for their work promoting environmental issues.

At an event held in the Hague, the Department of the Environment's recent biodiversity awareness campaign - called Notice Nature - was named as the winner of an award for best practice in communicating environmental issues.

John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, said that the award highlighted the hard work that many different businesses were putting into making environmental action a top priority.

He said: "It is a great honour for Ireland to be recognised in this way. The issue of biodiversity and the importance of protecting it is a complex subject to communicate.

"This award is a tribute to all those involved in the campaign, including environmental and community groups, local authorities, the construction, tourism, agriculture and business sectors, and members of the public who have engaged with us in Notice Nature."

As part of the Notice Nature campaign, good practice guidelines for the tourism, construction and business sectors were developed to encourage better protection of the environment.

James Cooper



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