WE ARE LOSING GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY AT A RATE UNPRECEDENTED IN HUMAN HISTORY. IN IRELAND, MANY OF OUR PROTECTED HABITATS ARE IN POOR CONDITION AND 14% OF ASSESSED SPECIES ARE THOUGHT TO BE ENDANGERED. THE NUMBER OF PLANTS, INSECTS, MAMMALS AND BIRDS THAT ARE THREATENED OR ENDANGERED IS GROWING YEAR-ON-YEAR.
THIS MATTERS FOR PEOPLE AS WELL AS THE PLANET. AS THE WEB OF LIFE BREAKS APART, THE NATURAL SYSTEMS THAT GIVE US FOOD TO EAT, AIR TO BREATHE AND WATER TO DRINK ARE INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE. IS THAT SOMETHING WE ARE PREPARED TO ACCEPT?
IT'S TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH AND A NEW UNDERSTANDING. THAT'S WHY WE'RE BRINGING ACADEMICS, ARTISTS, BUSINESSES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, CONSERVATIONISTS, ECOLOGISTS, FARMERS, FISHERS, FORESTERS, GOVERNMENT, LANDOWNERS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, NGOS, POLITICIANS, SCIENTISTS AND STATE AGENCIES TOGETHER TO DISCUSS THE CHALLENGES, EXPLORE THE SOLUTIONS AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE OUR COMMON GOAL OF REVERSING BIODIVERSITY LOSS AND IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY ACTION PLAN 2017 - 2021.
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Each Parallel Session is arranged under three themes:
Engagement: Learning from Conservation Success
Planning for the Future
Investing in Nature
The Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht is the statutory body for nature conservation in Ireland. The National Parks and Wildlife Service, part of the Department, works to conserve a representative range of Irish ecosystems, to maintain and enhance populations of flora and fauna in Ireland, to designate and advise on the protection of habitats and species identified for nature conservation, to implement national and EU legislation and policies for nature conservation and biodiversity, to manage, maintain and develop State-owned National Parks and Nature Reserves, and to promote awareness of natural heritage and biodiversity issues.
The Irish Forum on Natural Capital brings together a diverse range of organisations and individuals from academic, public, private and NGO sectors who are interested in the development and application of the natural capital agenda in Ireland. Through the collaboration and leadership of our diverse members, our aim is to help to value, protect and restore Ireland’s natural capital and ecosystem services by supporting the adoption of natural capital concepts in public policy and corporate strategy, promoting informed public and private sector decision-making and assisting in the establishment of a national natural capital accounting standard.
We've developed an interactive conference report that we hope will be a useful reference tool for everyone. It features all the videos from the event, synopses of the talks, key quotes, resources and facts, as well as information on the event's impact and legacy. Download your copy below!