Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021

Objective 5 – Monitor the Progress of the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan

One of the many highlights for the Ecology Team over the course of delivering on the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015 has been the annual review days. From humble beginnings in the Tullamore Court Hotel at the launch of the plan by the late Éamon de Buitléar (1930-2013) in November 2010, the annual review days now attract academics, scientists, planners, practitioners, consultant ecologists, local community members and Bord na Móna employees from a range of interests.

Each day presented an opportunity to present the work of that year and to outline the course of work for the coming year, with the participation of consultees and interested parties.

The Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021 covers a six year period that will be updated in 2021. In terms of monitoring the outputs of the plan this will be carried out in a similar way – with an annual review and an update of the Biodiversity Action Plan in the period 2020 to 2021 for the next planning phase. As with any plan over a six year period, at varying times aspects within the plan will be prioritised, coming to the fore while also new aspects are identified. This reflects the importance of the annual review to ensure that new perspectives, new approaches and new concerns – locally, nationally and internationally – are incorporated into the plan.

Key Performance Indicators

Some of the key performance indicators in the period 2010-2015 were:

  • To date, all of the actions outlined in the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015 were acted upon and implemented, or are currently in development and carried over into the next planning phase
  • Organisation of the annual Biodiversity Action Plan review days provided an opportunity for a wide range of consultees to query the ongoing activities and the progress being made against each of the objectives. This allowed for the Ecology Team to amend and/or adjust focus as views and perspectives change
  • A rigorous process has been adopted for the development of the 2016-2021 plan including internal, external and public consultation phases to ensure all relevant opinions and experience are considered

Building on this work the following actions can be outlined for the period 2016-2021.

Actions

  • Evaluate compliance by Bord na Móna with relevant legislation and development of biodiversity policy
  • Evaluate outcome of actions relating to ecology baseline survey and other surveys
  • Evaluate outcome of actions relating to rehabilitation plans, trials and implementation of rehabilitation plans
  • Evaluate the outcome of actions relating to the awareness raising objective
  • Evaluate the process of developing the next Biodiversity Action Plan and integrate lessons learned from each planning cycle
The Biodiversity Action Plan Review Day in 2015 involved a number of workshops centred on the new plan for 2016-2021.

The Biodiversity Action Plan Review Day in 2015 involved a number of workshops centred on the new plan for 2016-2021.

Measurement and monitoring the progress of the Biodiversity Action Plan:

  • Each action of the Bord na Móna Biodiversity Action Plan is underpinned by indicators of success and these will be used to measure the effectiveness of the work and indicate how new objectives and actions can be added to the next Biodiversity Action Plan(s).
  • The key indicators of success outlined for each of the four objectives will be measured by answering a number of questions such as: Were each of the stated actions carried out? How were they carried out? What was the outcome? Has there been advancement in expertise in terms of knowledge base, management practice and effectiveness of work carried out? Is there an increased awareness of biodiversity in Bord na Móna? Are the biodiversity web-pages being accessed by the public? Are people visiting the selected visitor access biodiversity areas?
  • *Develop specific targets, timeframes and metrics of success for each action where possible (based on temporal, qualitative and quantitative measures), and present at each annual Biodiversity Action Plan review day; consider an interim review of the progress halfway through the set timeline of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021
  • Review objectives and actions annually to reflect the increasing knowledge database and other trends in best practice and policy, re-prioritising as necessary.
  • Provide annual updates to relevant bodies and interest groups by means of seminars and workshops
  • *Commission an independent review of the delivery of the Objectives and Actions prior to the development of the next Biodiversity Action Plan 2022-2027

"Were each of the stated actions carried out? How were they carried out? What was the outcome?"

Key Indicators of Success

The key indicators of success of these actions will be:

  • A clear overview of the outcome of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021
  • An updated Biodiversity Action Plan for the period 2022-2027 with clear and measurable objectives building on the success of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021
  • Proven expertise in effectively carrying out rehabilitation work and managing Bord na Mona with best outputs for biodiversity
Site visits form an enjoyable part of the review days. Photo courtesy of Irish Peatland Conservation Council.

Site visits form an enjoyable part of the review days. Photo courtesy of Irish Peatland Conservation Council.