National Biodiversity Action Plan

National Biodiversity Action Plan 2023 - 2030 

Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) sets the national biodiversity agenda for the period 2023-2030 and aims to deliver the transformative changes required to the ways in which we value and protect nature. The 4th NBAP has been developed with the support, advice and input of the interdepartmental Biodiversity Working Group and the independent Biodiversity Forum. Ireland’s 2nd National Biodiversity Conference was held to gather insights and recommendations for the development of the NBAP and a public consultation process was held to provide further opportunities to engage with the Plan.

The 4th NBAP strives for a “whole of government, whole of society” approach to the governance and conservation of biodiversity. The aim is to ensure that every citizen, community, business, local authority, semi-state and state agency has an awareness of biodiversity and its importance, and of the implications of its loss, while also understanding how they can act to address the biodiversity emergency as part of a renewed national effort to “act for nature”.

This National Biodiversity Action Plan 2023-2030 builds upon the achievements of the previous Plan.

It will continue to implement actions within the framework of five strategic objectives, while addressing new and emerging issues:

  • Objective 1 - Adopt a Whole of Government, Whole of Society Approach to Biodiversity
  • Objective 2 - Meet Urgent Conservation and Restoration Needs
  • Objective 3 - Secure Nature’s Contribution to People
  • Objective 4 - Enhance the Evidence Base for Action on Biodiversity
  • Objective 5 - Strengthen Ireland’s Contribution to International Biodiversity Initiatives