Below is the programme for National Biodiversity Conference 2022  'Act Now For Nature' in Dublin Castle, June 8&9th.


This programme will be updated soon as speakers for all parallel sessions and topics are confirmed.

Final schedule will be published at the end of May. Speakers, titles and times are subject to change.

National Biodiversity Conference Session Plan

Wednesday 8th June 2022


Registration opens 08.00; Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served until 9.00am

Opening Plenary Session

09.10 – 09.30 Welcome address: Darragh O’Brien, TD

09.30 – 09.50 Malcolm Noonan, TD

09.50 – 10.10 Senator Pippa Hackett

10.10 – 10.30 Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

10.30 – 10.50 Stefan Leiner, Head of Biodiversity Unit, EC Directorate General for Environment

10.50 – 11.30 Break and networking

11.30 – 11.50 Andy Bleasdale, NPWS – National Biodiversity Perspectives

11.50 – 12.10 Ciara Carberry, NPWS  - The 2021 Strategic Review of NPWS and Government Action Plan 

12.10 – 12.30 Orlaith Delargy, KPMG – Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet lunch


Parallel Sessions Group 1

13.30 – 15.00

1. Changing Oceans: Working together to protect and restore our marine and coastal environment

Chair: Richard Cronin, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage 

2. Food, Forests and the Future 1: The role of forestry in driving nature recovery

Chair: Orla Fahy, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine 

3. Building Partnerships for People and Nature – The Shared Island Initiative

Chairs: Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer, Monaghan Co. Co.; Lisa-Dee Collery, Department of the Taoiseach’s Shared Island Initiative

15.00 – 15.30 Break and networking


Parallel Sessions Group 2

15.30 – 17.00

4. Actions for Nature – NPWS partnerships and initiatives

Chair: Ciara Carberry, NPWS

5. Food, Forests and the Future 2: The role of agriculture in driving nature recovery

Chair: Pamela Boyle, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

6. Enhancing the Evidence base : Research and Data4Nature

Chairs: Jane Stout (Trinity College Dublin) and Catherine Farrell

7. Places for People and Planet: The role of Zoos, Gardens and Aquaria in supporting the NBAP

Chair: Andrew Mooney, Dublin Zoo

Afternoon Plenary

17.00 – 17.10 Ana Maria Hernandez Salgar, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

17.10 – 18.00 Panel discussion: The Biodiversity Emergency and the Media

Chair: Cara Augustenborg, University College Dublin

18.00 – 18.30 Refreshments and networking


18.30  Field excursion to Dublin Zoo


Thursday 9th June 2022


Registration opens 08.00; Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served until 9.00am


08.30 – 09.30 NBAP Breakfast clinic

Facilitated by KPMG, NPWS, Natural Capital Ireland and Countryscape

Parallel Sessions Group 3

09.40 – 11.10

8. Financing Restoration: The role of blended finance in catalysing restoration and investment

Chair: Shane McGuinness, University College Dublin

9. Communities in Action: Villages, towns, farms, townlands 

Chair: Tina Roche, The Community Foundation for Ireland 

10. Connecting National Priorities 1: Biodiversity, Culture and Social Well-being

Chair: Martina Moloney, The Heritage Council

11. Connecting National Priorities 2: Climate Action and Biodiversity 

Chair: Gerry Clabby, Department of Environment and Climate Change

11.10 – 11.40 Break

Parallel Sessions Group 4

11.40 – 13.10

12. Water from Mountains to Coasts: Promoting recovery in freshwater and water-dependent ecosystems

Chair: Colin Byrne, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

13. Connecting National Priorities 3: Biodiversity and the Planning System

Chair: Enda Mullen, NPWS

14. Education & Outreach – Inspiring Public Engagement

Chair: Ella McSweeney

15. Business for Biodiversity: Driving nature-positive business models

Chair: Lucy Gaffney, Ireland’s Business for Biodiversity Platform 

13.10 – 14.10 Buffet lunch

Closing Plenary

14.10 – 15.00 Panel discussion: Voices for Nature – the role of NGOs

Chair: Karen Ciesielski, Irish Environment Network

15.00 – 15.45 National Biodiversity Forum: Wrap up, Feedback from sessions, and NBF perspectives

Chair: Tasman Crowe, University College Dublin and Chair of the National Biodiversity Forum

15.45 – 16.00 Closing remarks from NPWS


16.00 – 16.45 Networking and refreshments

16.45 –  Departure