Dublin, Ireland Biodiversity Action Plan

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Dublin, Ireland

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted in February 2008

Source File: http://www.dublincity.ie/WaterWasteEnvironment/Biodiversity/pages/biodiversityactionplan.aspx


In 2005 Dublin City Council created the post of Biodiversity Officer and in February 2008 the first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the City has been launched. The Council has taken these initiatives in recognition of the intrinsic importance of biodiversity to the well-being of the city’s citizens - our natural heritage is equally as important as the built heritage. We realised the importance of preserving our biodiversity as it is the result of 3.5 billion years of evolution and provides us with:

  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Fibre
  • Medicines
  • Regulates water and air quality
  • Climate
  • Maintains soil fertility

Ireland signed up to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1996 and EU Heads of State have agreed to Halt the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010. A National Biodiversity Plan was published in 2002 and outlined actions needed to help reach this target. Dublin City Council’s initiative in compiling its own BAP shows its engagement in this global initiative. The Dublin City BAP identifies a number of priority species and habitats to be protected in the city such as:

  • Red Squirrel
  • Otter
  • Bats
  • Salmonids
  • Various insects, birds, wetlands and semi-natural grasslands

Some of these are already protected by legislation but for those that are not, they will be given conservation priority within Council policy and projects.

Read the Dublin City Council Biodiversity Action Plan:

Biodiversity Action Plan (2.3MB)