10 local authorities have been awarded funding to appoint biodiversity officers to deliver and drive local action for biodiversity. The programme is being delivered by the Heritage Council and the County and City Management Association (CCMA) with the support of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The new biodiversity officers will have a wide variety of responsibilities. Among other things, they will be required to:
- Develop and implement a county biodiversity plan.
- Advise the local authority on biodiversity related issues and the authority’s obligations in relation to protecting biodiversity.
- Establish a county biodiversity forum
- Assist local authority departments in integrating biodiversity into their actions and policies through training and supporting information dissemination
- Promote new biodiversity initiatives based on best conservation practice
More information here.
Image Source: National Biodiversity Data Centre