All-Ireland Pollinator Plan being drafted!

Exciting news from Biodiversity Ireland about the All-Ireland pollinator plan, this is something to get involved with from an individual to corporate level.  Here is an excerpt from their site…

“This draft All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 has been developed by a 15 member steering group, representative of key stakeholders. The plan provides an important framework to bring together pollinator initiatives across the island of Ireland, and is the start of a process by which we can collectively take positive steps to protect Irish pollinators and the service they provide into the future.

It is a shared plan of action. By working together we can collectively take steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. Over the next five years this plan aims to build a solid foundation to bring about a landscape where pollinators can flourish. Whether you own a farm, a window box, or manage a park everyone has a role to play.

The Plan proposes taking action across five areas. Within each area, targets have been set and actions have been identified to help achieve that target. A total of 21 targets and 51 actions are identified.

In all cases there is scope for new initiatives and new ideas to address each target

  1. Making Ireland pollinator friendly (farmland, public land & private land)
  2. Raising awareness of pollinators and how to protect them
  3. Managed pollinators – supporting beekeepers
  4. Making sure we’re doing the right thing
  5. Collecting evidence to track change and measure success

We hope that as many of you as possible will have a look at the draft plan and provide your feedback, so that when it is published later in the year it will be as constructive and positive a document for Irish pollinators as possible.

Timeframes:

  • A draft Action Plan will be prepared by the end of September 2014.
  • The Action Plan will be agreed with the steering group early 2015.
  • It will go out for wider consultation in January 2015
  • A one-day All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium will be held in Waterford on the 17th February 2015. This meeting will introduce the plan and provide opportunity for public engagement. It is open to everyone. Book here
  • The wider consultation phase will be completed in March 2015
  • We expect to launch the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 in spring-summer 2015.

Note: this is a draft version and currently reads quite technically. At this point we are focussing on the content of the plan. The published version will be designed to be more readable and will include images and info-graphics. Within the published version, scientific references will be retained, but they will be included as numbered superscripts cross referenced to the appendix rather than contained within the body of the document.”

Visit their site for more info!

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