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Working with Biodiversity - The Law & You

Working with Biodiversity - The Law & You

Education & Training Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This publication is designed to guide you in the main aspects of the laws relating to biodiversity. It also provides contact details for people who can provide advice on projects which involve working with biodiversity. It is up to the individual to ensure that their actions comply with all relevant laws.

The legislation is not in place to present an obstacle to those who wish to carry out positive projects in their community,
but is there to protect the environment that supports the community. In this way, it can be used as a positive tool by communities that want to raise awareness of their local environment, especially where it may be more appropriate to leave a habitat alone.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
National Biodiversity Plan Submission 2008

National Biodiversity Plan Submission 2008

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In January 2008, the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government announced the development of Ireland’s second National Biodiversity Plan 2008-2012. The Heritage Council was invited to prepare a submission on the new plan which is provided here.

In making this submission, the Heritage Council sought to support Government in its international and national commitments concerning biodiversity and its protection, conservation and management. These include commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity, the EU target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010, as well as several EU Directives and national legislation.

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Biodiversity Awareness, Understanding & Impact of its Loss

Biodiversity Awareness, Understanding & Impact of its Loss

Market Research & Economic Evaluation Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

A Barometer Survey prepared by Martha Fanning for the Heritage Council. Market research was required to measure consumer awareness, understanding and interest in biodiversity.

The research approach was an agreed questionnaire, measuring awareness, understanding and impact of its loss in the April No.2 wave of B&A’s 'Barometer' survey. Barometer is a nationally representative survey of the adult population, aged 16+, quota controlled on gender, age, social class and region to correctly reflect the known demographics of the Republic of Ireland. It comprises of 1,000 interviews. The fieldwork took place between 13th - 22nd April, 2010.

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  • Author(s): Martha Fanning
Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This guidance document is intended to assist Local Authorities in the preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan and to provide background information on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

The preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan is part of an overall process that the government initiated to address heritage concerns and to fulfill international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Local Biodiversity Action Plans are required under the National Biodiversity Plan which was adopted by Government in 2002. These guidelines were prepared by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in co-operation with the Heritage Council.

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Integrating Policies for Ireland's Inland Waterways

Integrating Policies for Ireland's Inland Waterways

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This policy paper has been written in the light of heritage policy developments (the
National Heritage Plan and the National Biodiversity Plan) and the establishment of Waterways Ireland.

Notwithstanding these welcome developments, Ireland’s inland waterways and their corridors

still urgently need a strategic approach. Waterways Ireland’s remit covers most of Ireland’s
waterways although some, in particular several disused navigations, are not clearly the
responsibility of any agency. This document proposes a possible direction for a concerted and
co-ordinated effort to ensure that the heritage, social, and economic value of all of Ireland’s
waterways is enhanced.

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Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The recommendations contained in this policy paper set out how a National Biological Records Centre could be established, and identifies the resources needed.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre was established subsequent to the publication of this paper. The centre ensures that the existing information is managed effectively, it makes information more readily available to all interested parties, and stimulates interest in Ireland’s rich natural heritage.

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Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This report, prepared by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism was written at a time of great change in the agricultural sector. A mid-term review of the CAP was underway and Ireland's REPS was also being fully reviewed.

The report examined in particular the impact of agriculture on aspects of our natural heritage. It expresses the positive view that certain types of agricultural activity should be more valued because of their tremendous contribution to maintaining diversity within the nation's natural heritage. 

The report goes on to point out that in many instances it is these very activities and the habitats they maintain which are threatened by competition from other land uses.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): D.Gwyn, L. Jones, Eric Bignal, Liam Lysaght, David Baldock and Jim Phelan
Shannon Waterway Corridor Study 2006: Summary

Shannon Waterway Corridor Study 2006: Summary

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Shannon Waterways studies total over 1,850 pages of research, analysis and

recommendations for the sustainable development of the Shannon and sections of the Grand and Royal Canals. This document provides a short summary of the findings.

The full document provide report documents, valuable baseline surveys of the ecological, archaeological/ architectural heritage of the Shannon, as well as planning and socio-economic and landscape documents, and the original study maps.

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Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This document outlines the threats to Irish water quality - in our rivers, lakes and seas. It suggests ways that we can better manage our water and outlines the aims of the Water Framework Directive.

The Water Framework Directive came into force on 22 December 2002 and covers water resources throughout the EU. It addresses all water, from groundwater to coastal areas of sea water, and gives us a framework for

dealing with both water quality and water quantity.

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