Overview of National Biodiversity Action Plan - work done to date

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 later this year, and the National Biodiversity Conference 2022 forms a key part of this consultation process. 

You can read a summary of work done to date on the development of the 4th NBAP by clicking on the button below:



Key objectives

Some key objectives of the next NBAP explored in the National Biodiversity Conference:

  • 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 explored how different sectors of society and economic activity can engage with the NBAP and related initiatives, with attendees invited to give their perspectives on the actions required to achieve our biodiversity objectives. 

Key themes

Some of the key themes included:

  • 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