Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform has welcomed the publication of a new independent review of Ireland’s third National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021. The review was conducted by the Biodiversity Forum, a group of biodiversity experts from across academia, NGO, public and private sectors, whose role is to provide independent monitoring of progress of the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan, highlighting progress and bottlenecks, and providing progress reports to the Minister for Heritage.
Reflecting on the Group’s findings regarding Ireland’s efforts over the 2017-2021 Plan period,
Minister Noonan said:
“This report offers an extensive and in-depth analysis of Ireland’s progress in implementing our capstone biodiversity policy from some of Ireland’s leading ecologists and biodiversity experts. Its findings – while stark – outline the scale of the ambition and the strategic approach that is needed to deliver on our shared goals for nature. As my team in the National Parks and Wildlife Service works to develop the successor Plan for 2022-2026, I pledge to consider the report’s findings carefully to ensure that the next National Biodiversity Action Plan is one that delivers real impact.”
Read the full press release on the Department's website here.