EPA publishes Biodiversity Action Plan Update

Date released: May 21 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its first biannual update of its Biodiversity Action Plan, to mark International Day for Biological Diversity on Tuesday 22nd May 2012.

This Biodiversity Action Plan sets out the EPA’s progress in the implementation of its role in protecting biodiversity and covers a range of activities in the following areas:

  • Monitoring;
  • Research;
  • Assessment and Reporting;
  • Environmental Regulation;
  • Climate Change and
  • Communications.

The plan demonstrates the on-going commitment of the EPA to protect Ireland’s biodiversity and underlines the substantial support role undertaken by the EPA in this area.

Micheál Ó Cinnéide, EPA Director, Office of Environmental Assessment said, 
“The EPA is releasing its Biodiversity Action Plan to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity.  This Plan highlights the wide range of significant actions which will be undertaken by the EPA in relation to the protection of biodiversity.

The EPA has significant new roles under the Environmental Liability Directive in relation to the liabilities of operators causing damage or risk of damage to protected species and habitats, and the identification of appropriate remediation. In implementing its functions relating to the licensing and regulation of various activities, the EPA will continue to ensure that biodiversity is protected.”

The Biodiversity Action Plan can be accessed on the EPA’s website.

Notes to Editor:

EPA Biodiversity Plan 2009: The EPA’s first Biodiversity Action Plan was produced in 2009, to fulfil a commitment undertaken as part of its strategy, 2020 Vision - Protecting and Improving Ireland’s Environment. The plan was produced by a Biodiversity Team comprising representatives from all of the EPA Offices and will be updated biannually.

Biological Diversity/Biodiversity:
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) define Biological diversity - or biodiversity - as the variety of life on Earth. It refers to the wide variety of ecosystems and living organisms: animals, plants, their habitats and their genes.

Responsibility for biodiversity: The main responsibility in Ireland for nature conservation and biodiversity protection rests with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).  The EPA and other organisations also have related responsibilities, and these are listed in the Liaison with Stakeholders section of the Plan.