The prestigious Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) exists to set the benchmark for achieving ‘excellence’ across the Irish museum sector. Established by The Heritage Council 16 years ago, selection under the programme is seen as a major accolade.
Episode 13- The National Biodiversity Data Centre
The Heritage Council established the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. In today’s podcast, we speak to Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the Data Centre, as he explains why it was established and the strategic importance of its work.
In order to conserve Ireland’s biodiversity, we need to document what biodiversity we have, understand how it is distributed across the island of Ireland, and its marine waters, track how it is changing over time, and communicate the importance of conserving biodiversity. Addressing these knowledge gaps and building the scientific evidence base to help its conservation is central to the work of the Data Centre.
The Data Centre is jointly funded by the Heritage Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
In addition to the core work, funding is provided to oversee and assist with the implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (2021-2025).
This is endorsed by over 61 governmental and non-governmental organisations in Ireland.
In today’s podcast, Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the Data Centre, explains why it was established and the strategic importance of its work.
Oisin Duffy, Surveys and Records Officer, talks about the Citizen Science Portal.
Also, Niamh Phelan, Biodiversity Engagement Officer, discusses the Data Centre’s outreach and training work.