Below you can listen to a series of three programmes was funded by the Local Agenda 21 Partnership fund, Cork County Council in 2015. The programmes are presented by Gertrude Cotter who presents a programme at Community Radio Youghal called the Global Hub. The three programmes feature examples of local projects which are funded by the Local Agenda 21 partnership fund. They show how small amounts of funding can go a long ways at a local level and also how Local Radio can showcase these project, thus giving ideas to other communities who might want to carry out similar projects.
Local Agenda 21
At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the United Nations agreed that the best starting point for the achievement of sustainable development is at the local level. In fact, two thirds of the 2500 action items of Agenda 21 relate to local councils. Each local authority has had to draw up its own Local Agenda 21 (LA21) strategy following discussion with its citizens about what they think is important for the area. The principle of sustainable development must form a central part of the strategy. LA21 regards sustainable development as a community issue, involving all sections of society, including community groups, businesses and ethnic minorities. Involvement of the whole society will give everyone the opportunity to participate and will generate a resource of enthusiasm, talent and expertise, which is vital to achieve sustainable development. Many local authorities have begun schemes of co-operation to allow them to exchange ideas about sustainable development. Groups of local authorities can join together to give themselves a louder voice to influence large companies.
An effective LA21 strategy requires a few core elements, which have been outlined by the Local Government Management Board (LGMB).
- A Vision Statement is required to identify the main sustainability issues and to set targets for action.
- An Action Plan puts the targets for action into practice, showing which organisations are going to take action, how they are going to achieve it, and over what time period.
- Implementation Mechanisms describe how actions will be made and how their success will be assessed.
These three points provide a good overview of the key elements of an LA21 strategy.
LA21 follows the principles of sustainable development and the goal of ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, both now and in the future. Like Agenda 21, it focuses on an economic, social and environmental agenda, and develops solutions to problems through encouraging better, more efficient practices. It realises that sustainable development is achievable, without sacrificing the quality of our lives. However, sustainable development can only be achieved if we learn to think more sustainably and adopt more sustainable behaviour.
Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, Ireland
The Irish Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs.
The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates.
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund assists sustainable development from the ground-up and facilitates, at local level, the achievement of the objectives of the Agenda 21 action plan on sustainable development which was agreed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992 (the “Earth Summit”). Renewed political commitment for sustainable development was secured at the Rio +20 Conference in Brazil in June 2012.
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund is administered by local authorities, while the Department maintains a co-ordinating role. Eligible projects are those which support and complement, at a local level, national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Air, Water and Sustainable Development. Local authorities are required to provide an equivalent amount of funding to successful projects as the funding provided by the Department. Funding can also be supplemented by other sources, e.g. the private sector, in order to maximise the potential for partnership arrangements.
For general information on the Fund please contact:
Environment Policy & Awareness Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Tel: +353 (0)53 911 7475
– See more at: http://www.environ.ie/environment/awareness/local-agenda-21-environmental-partnership-fund/local-agenda-21#sthash.H9Lngh8B.dpuf
Radio Programmes: The Global Hub Local Agenda 21 Series
The series is funded by Local Agenda 21 at Cork County Council and It features other projects funded by the LA21 Partnership fund.
This is programme a of our Local Agenda 21 series of programmes for 2015. The series is funded by Local Agenda 21 at Cork County Council and It features other projects funded by the LA21 Partnership fund. In this first programme we can listen to:
Bernadette Connolly (also in photo) of the Cork Environmental Alliance
Lorna O Mahoney of the Cork Nature Network.
Photo: Bernadette Connolly, Cork Environmental Alliance
In programme 2 of the Local Agenda 21 series of programmes. The series is funded by Local Agenda 21 at Cork County Council and It features other projects funded by the LA21 Partnership fund. In this third programme we can listen to:
Dr. Mary Stack, Senior Environmental Research Officer at Cork County Council. Mary manages the Local Agenda 21 Partnership Fund at Cork County Council.
Also in this programme we have Nuala Madigan who is the Education Officer of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council.
We also listen to Eva White and and her 8 year old son Stefan White from Kind Kindlings, a waste awareness project which Eva has carried out in Stefan’s school.
Photo: Mary Stack, Senior Environmental Research Officer, Cork County Council
In programme 3 we can listen to:
Donal O Leary: Composting and Food Waste Prevention Project working around Cork County, with Schools and Community Groups.
Gary Thomlins Glounthaune Men’s Shed who have been helping the Tidy Towns group to build a watering trailer to tow around Glounthaune and keep 30 flower boxes watered, using harvested rainwater.
Ned Brennan Youghal Tidy Towns
Local Agenda 21 have funded a wildlife walk at the northern end of the town. In this year’s funding the group commissioned wildlife signposts displaying flora and fauna and a map for tourists.
Eva White and and her 8 year old son Stefan White from Kind Kindlings, a waste awareness project which Eva has carried out in Stefan’s school.
Photo: Eva and Stefan White