Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021

Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021

Bord na Móna launched its first Biodiversity Action Plan in 2010. The plan covered a six year period spanning from 2010 to 2015. The development and promotion of the plan was the first of its kind amongst corporate entities in Ireland and is recognised as a significant initiative by Bord na Móna.

The 2010-2015 Biodiversity Action Plan set out in a comprehensive way why biodiversity is important to Bord na Móna and how it intends to build on the wealth of peatland management, rehabilitation, restoration and conservation that it has built up since its establishment in the 1940s.

The objectives and actions core to the Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015 were outlined under five key areas:

Objective 1

Policy and governance

Objective 2

Understanding the current baseline ecological condition of the Bord na Móna bog areas and the biodiversity present

Objective 3

Developing methods to rehabilitate and restore peatland areas in the post-production use phase

Objective 4

Engaging with the full range of stakeholders in relation to the management of biodiversity on Bord na Móna bogs and promoting awareness of the importance of biodiversity

Objective 5

Providing a mechanism whereby the delivery and progress of the objectives outlined within the Biodiversity Action Plan could be reviewed and assessed on an annual basis.

Each objective in the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015 was supported by a suite of actions and key performance indicators (KPIs) and for the greater part, all of the actions outlined in the 2010-2015 Biodiversity Action Plan have been acted upon, implemented and/or are in development. Over the course of the plan, priorities and focus changed as would be expected, but the key aspects of the plan remained relevant and continue to be relevant.

The Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021 builds on the foundation of the original core objectives and the actions set out in the 2010-2015 plan, reframing them in the current context and perspectives of peatland biodiversity management, restoration and conservation and also in the outlook for Bord na Móna as set out in the company’s Sustainability 2030 report launched in October 2015. This document outlines some of the successes and challenges of the 2010-2015 plan, and sets out the actions and KPIs for the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021. While the actions build on the Bord na Móna experience to date, they are also ultimately a product of the views of the wider community as part of the engagement process carried out over the past six years, and particularly during the drafting of this Plan over the course of 2015.