Irelandís National Strategy for Plant Conservation
comprises a set of 16 targets modelled on the GSPC, through which we can bring about better comprehension and conservation of our native plants and fungi
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At least 10 per cent of each of Irelandís plant habitats effectively conserved

This target supports actions 31 and 78 of the National Biodiversity Plan, and specifically looks at conserving habitats rather than species.
Actions:

  • Irelands national resources and habitats fully mapped by 2009.
  • Assess the congruence of plant habitats and conservation areas already under legal protection.
  • Habitat Action Plans to be developed for those habitats for which Ireland has special responsibility (ca. 10-15 habitats, i.e. Charophytic lakes, Alpine heathland) by 2010.
  • Ascertain the coverage of Irelandís habitat diversity. Estimate the national resource of ecological regions and habitats in areas protected under the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations, 1997 (NATURA 2000 network) and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000, e.g. SACs, designated NHAs and National Nature Reserves by 2009, with a view to filling any gaps in coverage by 2010
  • Incorporate plant conservation issues in County Council Biodiversity Action Plans local authority area development plans, local area Biodiversity Action Plans, Agri-environmental schemes (e.g. REPs, CFPs, NPWSFPs).
Milestones & Indicators:
  • Publish an assessment of how well Irelandís habitats are legally protected.
  • New protected areas or extension of existing areas achieved where necessary.