Overview of Conference

With a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency declared in the Dáil in 2019, 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. This ongoing biodiversity loss poses a threat not alone to our environment and natural heritage, but to our economy, society, our health and to our quality of life.

A new National Biodiversity Action Plan or NBAP (#Biodplan22) is currently being prepared to respond to the biodiversity emergency, and to meet Ireland’s national and international obligations under global agreements on sustainability and nature conservation.  A draft version of the plan is due to be published for public consultation during summer of this year, and the National Biodiversity Conference 2022 will form a key part of this consultation process.

Key objectives

The conference will explore some of the key objectives of the next NBAP:

  • Fostering a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach

  • Meeting urgent conservation needs

  • Securing nature’s contribution to people

  • Linking biodiversity and climate action

  • Enhancing the evidence base for action

  • Strengthening partnerships for people and planet

A number of parallel sessions will then explore how different sectors of society and economic activity can engage with the NBAP and related initiatives, and attendees will be invited to give their perspectives on the actions required to achieve our biodiversity objectives. 

Key themes

Some of the key themes which will be addressed include:

  • Biodiversity research, data and the role of academia

  • Linking Climate Action and Biodiversity

  • Marine conservation

  • Driving conservation and recovery in agriculture and forestry

  • Biodiversity and human health and well-being

  • The role of zoos, formal gardens and aquaria in supporting the NBAP

  • The role of private sector finance and enterprise in promoting nature restoration

  • Business for Biodiversity: Private sector action on conservation and restoration

  • Biodiversity, culture and social well-being

  • Promoting recovery in freshwater systems

  • Sustainable planning

  • Education & outreach – Inspiring public engagement

  • Communities in Action: Villages, towns, farms, townlands

  • Building partnerships for restoration


Speakers will include Government ministers, representatives of state and semi-state agencies, NGOs, academia, community conservation initiatives, and businesses across several sectors of the economy.

An excursion to Dublin Zoo, including an after-hours tour and refreshments, will be held at the end of Day 1 (Wednesday). The excursion is kindly sponsored by Dublin Zoo and is open to all who attend the conference in person on the day. Transport to and from the Zoo will be arranged from Dublin Castle for those who request it when purchasing a ticket.​

Please note that the details may be subject to change.

Exhibition space

A small number of spaces will be available at the conference venue for exhibition / display booths, which will be released to interested parties on a first come, first served basis. These spaces will be available to civil-society organisations and state or semi-state agencies or community groups, who wish to more formally engage on biodiversity-related topics with conference attendees, exhibit information about projects or other work, and share print materials. Please note that these spaces cannot be used for commercial purposes, so sales of books, memberships, souvenirs etc will not be supported.

The space available for display stands is as follows:

  • Footprint (floor measurements): maximum 300mm x 150mm

  • Table space provided: 180mm x 80mm

  • 2 x chairs

Please note that for reasons of safety and visual impact, some restrictions on the size and number of backdrops or pop-up stands may apply. If you wish to avail of one of these spaces, please send an email to info@naturalcapitalireland.com, with “Conference exhibit” in the subject line before 3rd June 2022.