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Government announces biodiversity initiatives

The Irish government has announced its commitment to supporting the country’s biodiversity, including efforts to counter the threat posed by climate change.

Details of a plan to slow biodiversity loss were released on 21 February on the second day of a two-day event at Dublin Castle attended by government officials, non-governmental organisations, landowners and industry representatives.

The biodiversity charter entitled Our Seeds for Nature will be integrated into the existing national biodiversity action plan for 2017-21. It includes a range of commitments including the introduction of legislation to create a “biodiversity duty” on public and local authorities, as a way to improve on the actions being taken under the current plan.

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