National Biodiversity Priorities – Opportunities for public submission of views

  1. National Biodiversity Plan

The draft NBAP sets out a vision for an Ireland in 2050 in which biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored, and sustainably used maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.

https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/1566c-public-consultation-on-irelands-4th-national-biodiversity-action-plan/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/biodiversityplan/

There are 3 ways to get involved: fill in the online survey.

Send any comments by email to: NBAPConsultation@housing.gov.ie or send comments by post to:

4th National Biodiversity Action Plan Consultation, Biodiversity Policy, NPWS, 90 North King Street, Dublin 7, D07 N7CV.

The closing date for submissions is 9 November 2022.

 

  1. Citizens Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

A Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, with a total of 100 members including an independent Chairperson and 99 randomly-selected members of the public, has been convened to examine how the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss, and to bring forward proposals in that regard. To make a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, you can use one of these three options:

Upload your submission via our online submissions form.  https://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/assembly-on-biodiversity-loss/about/

Email your submission to submissions@citizensassembly.ie or

Post your submission to: Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Submissions can be made by the public until end of November.

 

  1. New strategy statement for National Parks and Wildlife Service

The first Strategy Statement for the National Parks and Wildlife Service will set out the core mission and values of the NPWS, together with key strategic priorities as an organisation for 2023-2025.  https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/858b3-public-consultation-on-a-new-strategy-statement-for-the-national-parks-and-wildlife-service/

You can read the consultation document, and then complete a more detailed online questionnaire.

If you prefer to email or post your responses to the consultation document, you can send them by email to: strategyconsultation@npws.gov.ie or post to:

Strategy Consultation, NPWS, 90 North King Street, Dublin 7, D07 N7CV.

The closing date for submissions is 9 December 2022.

Request for ecological and facilitation services to support delivery of pilot Connecting Nature Scheme in Counties Cavan and Monaghan.

CONNECTING NATURE

Monaghan County Council and Cavan County Council seek the services of a small, suitably qualified and experienced ecological team to deliver an exciting initiative to help landowners and communities protect nature by restoring ecological corridors or nature networks.

The project will engage with farmers and communities to map habitat connectivity in pilot areas and to plan ways to restore broken nature networks.   It will support the identification of on the ground action by providing materials to improve or restore natural connections and train the communities and the farmers on how to do the works.

Please see the terms of reference and how to apply here

Heritage Week 2022 – online registration system for events open now!

Heritage Week 2022 will take place from Saturday 13th August.  The easy online registration system for events is at www.heritageweek.ie

We encourage you to organise an event at or about your Monaghan heritage site this year.  There are lists of ideas and suggestions on the heritage week website to inspire you.  The broad theme this year is “Sustainable Heritage and Biodiversity”. Organise an Event/Project | National Heritage Week 13 – 21 August 2022

Organisers are asked to consider the following when planning their activities:

  • Sustainability: An invitation to organisers to consider how we can conserve our rich built, cultural and natural heritage and how that can contribute to developing a more sustainable future. How can we connect with the skills and traditions of the past and pass them to the next generation?
  • Biodiversity: An invitation to organisers to encourage greater appreciation of the natural world, to look at the variety of plant and animal life in their locality, and conserve native species and natural landscapes.

But you can be as broad as you like with your event theme.

There is also the facility to upload projects to the heritage week online portal – so if you have short films, slideshows or websites to share, you can do that too.

Enjoy your preparations.  The Monaghan County Council Heritage Office will supplement the Heritage Council publicity for events in August as usual.

 

 

Request for ecological services to support delivery of Wonderful Wetlands restoration scheme

An initiative to help landowners and communities to protect nature in Monaghan by restoring a wonderful wetland.

We can all play a part in making Monaghan a more resilient place in this time of a climate and biodiversity emergency.  In Monaghan, we can contribute by restoring wetland habitats across the county – a natural resource which has marvellous capacity to store carbon, hold flood waters back, filter water and provide homes for wildlife.

We are seeking a wetlands ecologist to help us to deliver this initiative.  You can find out more information by reading the terms of reference document.  Expressions of interest are sought by the 29th July 2022.

shclerkin@monaghancoco.ie

 

For more information click here: TOR_Wonderful Wetlands ecological services_June 2022

Wetlands are a vital component of the water cycle

The complex interaction of their elements – water, soil, plants and animals fulfil many important functions and provide important ecological services. Wetlands are providers and users of water. They maintain their structure and functions, and they provide water for us and other animals and plants.

  • Wetlands mean wildlife
  • Wetlands mean water
  • Wetlands mean flood control
  • Wetlands mean climate change mitigation
  • Wetlands mean landscape

That’s it folks for another year!! Our aim for World Wetlands Day 2023 is that the Monaghan County Heritage Office will be able to host some “live” event on our wetlands for you to enjoy.

We hope our speakers have given you some interesting and valuable information about our wetlands.

And remember we need to VALUE, MANAGE, RESTORES and of course LOVE our Wetlands

Happy World Wetlands Day 2022

Paul Sherlock, Conservation Officer

  • Value wetlands for the multiple benefits and nature-based solutions they provide for human well-being and a healthy planet.
  • Manage wetlands wisely and use them sustainably so we can conserve them and maintain the health of these critically important ecosystems.
  • Restore lost and degraded wetlands to revive the rich biodiversity and life found in these life-sustaining ecosystems.

Next Up we have Paul Sherlock, Conservation Officer on the CANN project (www.thecannproject.org)

Paul is also a keen footballer

World Wetlands Day – Billy Flynn, Ecologist

World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to increase people’s understanding of these critically important ecosystems.
This is an urgent call to act. It is an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital in order to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing altogether — and to restore those we have already lost.

Our next video features Billy Flynn, Ecologist
Billy Flynn works in the area of environmental consultancy and is no stranger to the countys wetlands

Wetland Statistics

Wetland Statistics

Wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaption, fresh water availability, world economies and more.

It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them.

Our second video this morning is by Rory Sheehan.

Rory is the Co-ordinator for the CANN (Colleberative Action Natura Network) project on Sliabh Beagh. www.thecannproject.org

He works in Monaghan County Council and is also interested in Athletics.

Wetlands Facts

Nearly 90% of the worlds wetlands have been degraded since the 1700’s

We are losing wetlands 3 times faster than forests

Our first video features Enda Fields who is from Emyvale, Co Monaghan.

Enda is a member of the Emyvale Tidy Towns and is a community activist for water quality and the environment

He works in Dundalk IT in the Department of Built Environment/School of Engineering