Ireland seeks business views on biodiversity plan

The Irish Government is beginning a public consultation on a National Biodiversity Plan to ask businesses and individuals for their opinions.

John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, announced the consultation for country's second such plan, the production of which is an obligation for all parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This has been ratified by 189 countries and the European Union, with Ireland signing up in 1996.

"Biodiversity is important to all of us," said Minister Gormley. "It sustains key economic activity such as forestry, agriculture and fisheries.

"Moreover, Ireland's natural environment is a key attraction for overseas visitors and critical for our tourism industry."

He added that biodiversity is a key concern for business in Ireland because it provides the country with jobs.

The plan will also look at the potential impacts of climate change, an issue that is closely bound up with that of biodiversity.

Businesses or individuals wishing to make a submission to the consultation should visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Ben Meggeson



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