Malcolm Noonan TD has announced that Clare, Cork City, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Offally, Sligo, Westmeath and Wicklow are all getting a Biodiversity Officer. And there are another 15 new posts on the way too.
“It’s fantastic to see the next tranche of Biodiversity Officers are now being recruited around the country. These ten new posts, and the funding for a further 15 that I announced as part of Budget 2023, will have an enormous impact on the ground in helping to deliver action for nature at the local level,” he said.
The Biodiversity Officers programme is being delivered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Heritage Council and the CCMA.
Minister Noonan expressed his sincere thanks to all involved for bringing this important initiative forward.
Key Biodiversity Officer tasks include:
Developing & implementing a county biodiversity plan
Advising the local authority on biodiversity-related issues and the authority’s obligations in relation to protecting biodiversity
Establishing a county biodiversity forum
Assisting local authority departments in integrating biodiversity into their actions and policies through training and supporting information dissemination
Promoting new biodiversity initiatives based on best conservation practice
For the full press release, see here