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Environmental and climate issues were high on the agenda earlier this month when Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Louth County Council held a Strategic Alliance meeting remotely via Zoom.

Both Councils have been collaborating recently to curb illegal dumping and littering which is at concerning levels throughout both districts, and are due to soon launch a joint-campaign to help tackle the issues, especially in border areas. In addition, both Councils discussed other key areas in the fight against climate change to include the ‘All-Island Pollination Plan’ and the reports of damage to wildlife habitats.

Joint Chairpersons of the Strategic Alliance, Councillor Declan McAteer and Councillor Antóin Watters welcomed the work done to date by both Councils. Councillor McAteer commented, “Both Councils need to continue to come together to explore and plan for potential future collaboration and joint climate change initiatives in 2021”. Councillor Watters added, “The long-term effect of littering, especially in rural and scenic area will unbalance the delicate ecosystem in our beautiful regions.  Those visiting the mountain areas of our district in particular, need to do so in a responsible manner so that they can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come”.

The Strategic Alliance was formed out of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 between the two Councils and representatives meet on a regular basis to monitor and discuss a range of development projects and issues affecting both regions.

Action Plans arising from the meetings, help support and promote the economic development and competitiveness of both areas.

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