Views sought on Draft Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015 – 2020

Dublin City Council’s Draft Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015-2020 is available for public viewing and comment at Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from Tuesday, 10th November to Tuesday, 1st December, 2015 and all Dublin City Council public libraries. The draft plan is also available for viewing online at http://bit.ly/DraftBioActPlan

The Draft Biodiversity Action Plan is the second one of its kind for Dublin City. The new draft plan is based on lessons learned from the original plan, Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan (2008-2012), with feedback from organisations working on biodiversity conservation in Dublin City. Local Biodiversity Action Plans are also guided by legislation and policy advised at local, national, European and international levels.

Biodiversity is essential for our existence.  It provides the fundamental building blocks for the many goods and services a healthy environment provides. These include things that are essential to our health, like clean air and fresh water.

The aim of the plan is the conservation of biodiversity within our City. A number of different approaches will be taken to ensure this. It is very important that we raise awareness among decision-makers, supply appropriate advice to landowners, and encourage everyone living in, working in and visiting Dublin City take positive steps towards looking after our biodiversity.

Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive, welcomed the publication of the Draft Plan: “For a city that’s been settled for over a thousand years and in a relatively small area, Dublin has very high biodiversity.  We are fortunate to have such a green capital, and the new draft Biodiversity Action Plan will show ways that we can ensure that we keep our unique wildlife and for people to get involved in promoting nature in the city”.

Submissions can be emailed to biodiversity@dublincity.ie or made in writing to, Biodiversity Officer, Parks & Landscape Services, Culture Recreation, Amenity and Community  Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Submissions should be received no later than 17.00hrs on Tuesday, December 1st 2015.

ENDS

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Notes to the Editor:

 

The Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015-2020 contains four key themes, which reflect the Strategic Objectives of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan (Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016). The four themes are underpinned by twenty-eight Actions, and will continue to build on progress achieved during Dublin City’s first Biodiversity Action Plan.

The four key themes are:

 

Strengthen the knowledge base of decision-makers for the conservation and management of biodiversity and protect species and habitats of conservation value within Dublin City

 

Enhance opportunities for biodiversity conservation through green infrastructure and promote ecosystem services in appropriate locations throughout the City

 

Develop greater awareness and understanding of biodiversity and identify opportunities and engagement with communities and interest groups

 

Strengthen the effectiveness of collaboration between all stakeholders for the conservation of biodiversity in the greater Dublin region

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