The Programme for Government – Our Shared Future, sets out a commitment to, “review the remit, status and funding of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), to ensure that it is playing an effective role in delivering its overall mandate and enforcement role in the protection of wildlife”.
Last month, the Chairpersons were appointed and the commencement of the Review was announced. Today, Minister Noonan launched the public consultation, the first element of which is an online survey. All stakeholders will then be given the opportunity to make written submissions and key stakeholders will be invited to participate in online interviews.
Have your say here.
The Terms of Reference have also been finalised and are now available to view on the website of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Welcoming the progress, Minister Noonan said:
“Last month, my Department announced the start of the Review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, a key commitment in the Programme for Government – Our Shared Future. Today, we’re launching the public consultation process and publishing the Terms of Reference. I want to encourage everyone with an interest in the future of the NPWS to get involved. The first part is an online survey – it takes about 10 minutes. Our independent team will follow this up by inviting written submissions and engaging in interviews with key stakeholders. But for now, please follow the link to the survey and have your say.”
Read the full press release here.