Mourne Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)
The Mourne Heritage Trust has just completed the developement of an Action Plan for the conservation of biodiversity across the Mourne AONB. This document was formally launched on 19th January 2007 at the Silent Valley Conference Centre (see news items for more details.)
The ‘Main document’ summarises the wealth of biodiversity in Mourne, the threats faced by it and the actions that the Mourne Heritage Trust proposes to implement to help conserve and enhance the habitats and species within the Mourne AONB.
The CLICK HERE to download the shortened version of the Mourne Biodiversity Action Plan.
The Mourne BAP incorporates the main document and 19 HAP (Habitat Action Plan) and SAP (Species Action Plan) documents. These HAPs and SAPs are detailed reviews of the known status of both locally and nationally important species and habitats with information on the detailed actions required to ensure their conservation. These plans demonstrate how the Mourne Biodiversity Action Plan amalgamates both National (NI) and local (Mourne) priorities.
The threats to world biodiversity resulted in 178 counties, including the UK and Ireland, signing the biodiversity convention in 1992 committing them to develop national strategies for its conservation.
To begin fulfilling this commitment, the UK Biodiversity action plan was published in 1994 and addresses national and global issues. The Northern Ireland Biodiversity group was appointed in 1995 to develop proposals for Northern Ireland.
What are the proposals?
These proposals for a Northern Ireland Biodiversity strategy are intended to inform policy and promote action on biodiversity conservation in Northern Ireland by:
- Identifying the main features of biodiversity in Northern Ireland
- Identifying the main issues affecting biodiversity, including institutional, political and legal issues. Proposing measures to support the conservation of biodiversity for the period 1999-2014.