Minister Madigan hails Climate Action Plan’s benefits for biodiversity

Restoration of Ireland’s peatlands to continue to play an important role in CO2 reduction

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has warmly welcomed the publication of the All of Government Climate Action Plan, saying that it will have the added benefit of increasing the protection of Irish nature and biodiversity.

The Minister has also welcomed the recognition that restoration of Ireland’s peatlands has a crucial role to play in the Climate Action Plan. Peatlands cover 21% of Ireland’s land area and are the largest store of carbon in the Irish landscape.

Minister Madigan commented, “I warmly welcome the agreement by Government of the landmark Climate Action Plan. As well as dramatically reducing Ireland’s carbon emissions, the plan will also greatly assist with my Department’s considerable existing efforts to protect this country’s natural habitats, biodiversity and nature generally. Measures such as increasing afforestation and rewetting of organic grassland soils will complement the measures contained in the third National Biodiversity Action Plan.”

“This department will continue to play an important role in the national efforts to tackle climate change through restoration of Ireland’s peatlands. We have already invested over €50m in the restoration of peatlands and this will continue. Restoration of peatlands is a particularly cost effective way of reducing our CO2 levels. Again, these actions will complement the protection of Ireland’s species and biodiversity.”

This department will continue to work with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the rest of Government on all the required measures to address climate change.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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