DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) is set to help manage a new e4.7 million (£4 million) cross-border scheme, which has been launched to help the government learn more about the North’s natural environment and the pressures it faces.
The scheme will also be managed by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Queen’s University.
The scheme aims to help in the sustainable usage of natural resources on both sides of the border.
Researchers from the organisations will use the latest scientific techniques to monitor levels of carbon in soil and indentify groundwater pollution. European funding of £4m has been provided under the INTERREG IVA development programme, with £0.6m from the Department of the Environment.
The scheme is a continuation of the award-winning Tellus Project in the North which produced new maps and digital data of soils, rocks and stream waters.
It will now expand into Co Louth and the border counties Monaghan, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo, and Leitrim. The researchers aim to improve how wetlands, soil-carbon and ground-pollution are managed.