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Matthews Encourages Participation in Public Consultation on National Biodiversity Action Plan

Green TD Steven Matthews, has said that Ireland’s fourth National Biodiversity Action Plan will be critical to ‘protecting and valuing our natural environment over the next decade while acting on Ireland’s international commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.’ Deputy Matthews is calling for as many people as possible to make their feelings heard as part of the public consultation on the biodiversity plan.

Encouraging people across County Wicklow to get involved in the public consultation on the National Biodiversity Action Plan, Deputy Matthews said:

“As the first Green Party TD for Wicklow, I am committed to protecting and enhancing the incredible natural landscape of our County. I am a founding member of the North Wicklow Environmental Network and Bray Tidy Towns, and I regularly meet with environmental groups across all of County Wicklow including BirdWatch Ireland, Greystones Tidy Towns and the Irish Wildlife Trust.

“I would encourage people across County Wicklow to get involved in the public consultation on Ireland’s draft National Biodiversity Action Plan. By contributing to the public consultation on the draft National Biodiversity Action Plan, members of the public can help to shape our collective response to this issue of local, national and international importance. The portal to make a submission is now available on the website of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and will remain open until November 9th.

“We are facing a Biodiversity Emergency and it has never been more important to implement measures that will enable our native wildflowers, plant and animal species to thrive. We need to act now to restore our native habitats and to protect our natural environment for our children and for future generations.

“The Green Party is leading action on biodiversity in Government. Among other important measures, we have increased funding for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) by €55 million over the next three budgetary cycles through the implementation of a new Strategic Action Plan. If anyone has questions about the draft National Biodiversity Action Plan or any other issues, please get in touch with me directly and I will offer any support I can”, Deputy Matthews concluded.



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