DONEGAL has been awarded funding for the appointment of a biodiversity officer.
Malcolm Noonan TD announced today (February 2nd) today that funding has been awarded for a biodiversity officer to work with Donegal County Council to deliver local biodiversity action.
The new positions are expected to be filled by September 2023.
The new biodiversity officer will:
- advise their local authority on biodiversity issues and the authority’s obligations in relation to protecting biodiversity
- promote a best practice response to conservation efforts
- help local authorities to fully integrate nature conservation into all of their policies and plans
Announcing the funding today, Minister for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said:
“We’re already seeing the tremendous impact that the four biodiversity officers in post in Fingal, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Galway and Dublin City Councils are having; we added 10 more late last year; and as of today we’re on track to get another 11 officers recruited.
“This is just really good news for nature, and for the action that’s happening at a local level right across the country.
“Once they’re filled, these new posts will have an enormous impact on the ground in helping to deliver action for biodiversity, for wildlife and for habitats, and the officers will be available to support local communities in their efforts too.
“Having access to this kind of expertise at a local level is invaluable to communities that want to engage with this issue and take real, practical action to address the biodiversity crisis. It’s a really important additional resource to empower our local authorities in their work to protect and restore nature.”
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