This is an important and exciting project aiming to control and if possible eradicate harmful invasive plant species from trial river catchments in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. These plant species threaten native biodiversity, damage both conservation and economic interests and can even pose a risk to human health. It is hoped that the CIRB project will become a baseline for future control on catchments throughout the UK and Ireland.
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The £2.6 million CIRB project was officially launched at Queen's University Belfast on 1st February 2011 and will run until December 2014. The project is part financed by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and part financed by the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Ireland).
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