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September updates include a call for feedback on Ireland's 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan, a big event from the Business For Biodiversity platform, and the latest natural capital research from Ireland and around the world.
Your chance to shape Ireland's next Biodiversity Action Plan
We are calling on all of our members to submit thoughts on the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan which will set Ireland's biodiversity agenda for 2023-2027. Launching the public consultation, Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said of the plan: "It must reflect the different voices that will inform its content and we must establish means of continuing the conversation, to learn from what works and what doesn’t."

Plan objectives include:
  • Adopt a whole of government, whole of society approach to biodiversity
  • Meet urgent conservation and restoration needs
  • Secure nature's contribution to people
  • Embed biodiversity at the heart of climate action 
  • Enhance the evidence base for action on biodiversity
  • Strengthen the shared-island approach & Ireland's contribution to international initiatives
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has published a draft for public consultation. This is an opportunity for all interested individuals, groups and organisations to provide comment on the plan. You can share your views until November 9 by completing the online survey, by post, or by emailing [email protected].

Read more about the National Biodiversity Action Plan and consultation process here.
Business for Biodiversity Ireland Update
Business For Biodiversity Ireland is co-hosting the European Business & Nature Summit in Brussels alongside the EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform and registration is open now.

Agenda highlights:
  • The power of imagination to drive a nature positive world
  • Policy to accelerate the transition to nature positive
  • Tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity
  • Committing to operate within earth’s limits: Collective action in an interconnected system
  • From targets to triumphs, what we need to succeed.
Check out the full programme and register on the European Business & Nature Summit website.
Consultation on a Small-Scale Generation Support Scheme (SSG) in Ireland
Deadline: Sept 29th
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

ESP Europe Conference
Date: Oct 10th-14th
Ecosystem Services Partnership

Climate Action Summit
Date: Oct 12th-13th
Host: UN Global Compact Network UK

Natural Capital Summit 2022
Date: Oct 13th
Host: City & Financial Global

Climate Finance Week
Date: Oct 17th-21st
Host: Department of Finance and Sustainable Finance Ireland

European Business & Nature Summit
Date: Oct 18th-19th
EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference 
Date:  Oct 17th & Nov 1st
Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Heritage Ireland 2030 Summit
Date: Oct 24th
Host: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Review of the security of energy supply of Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems
Deadline: Oct 29th
Host: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications 

CBD COP 15 Part 2
​Date: Dec 7th-19th
Host: CBD Secretariat ​
Click here to add Natural Capital Ireland's events database to your Google Calendar.
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Natural capital research and publications
Carbon & climate implications of rewetting a raised bog in Ireland, co-authored by NCI's Catherine Farrell
Results confirm rapid rewetting of drained peatland sites for (a) strong carbon emissions reductions, (b) to establish optimal conditions for carbon sequestration and (c) set the site on a climate cooling trajectory.

Assessment of the extent and impact of barriers on freshwater hydromorphology & connectivity in Ireland
The EPA Research UCD Reconnect project paper co-authored by NCI's Mary Kelly-Quinn & Craig Bullock advanced knowledge on the impact of low-head barriers on connectivity in Irish rivers.

Modeling multiple ecosystem services and beneficiaries of riparian reforestation in Costa Rica
Restoring relatively narrow forest buffers could improve regional water quality and carbon storage in Costa Rica and elsewhere, according to this paper with contribution by Natural Capital Project's Gretchen Daily.
The Scottish Land Commission has published a new protocol on responsible natural capital and carbon management. The aim is to make progress on meeting net zero targets while benefitting communities, landowners and businesses fairly. Read more.
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