This week Meath County Council is seeking your help with the preparation of a Biodiversity Action Plan.

All local authorities are required to have Biodiversity Action Plans in place by the end of 2026. 

With the appointment of a Biodiversity Officer, supported by the Heritage Council, Meath County Council are commencing this process and plan to finalise a Local Authority Biodiversity Action Plan by early 2025.

Ben Malone is Biodiversity Officer for Meath County Council: “This is your opportunity to highlight the key issues affecting biodiversity in your locality and assist in identifying what we should be aiming to achieve over the period of the Meath Biodiversity Action Plan 2025 – 2030. Everyone has a role to play in the protection and restoration of nature and it is important that we play our part in Meath, not only for the benefit of nature, but for ourselves and future generations”.

Also this week, EU lawmakers gathered with Irish farmers and agricultural specialists to discuss the future of Agriculture in Europe at a special conference in Co. Carlow. The modernisation of Agriculture and the sustainability of the sector was central to the discussions along with securing family farm incomes.

Finally this week, Friends of the Earth is calling for action to tackle the climate crisis to mark Earth Day. The global day of climate action coincides with a new EU report showing Europe is the warmest continent in the world.