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EPA Research Strategy 2014 -2020

This document outlines the strategy for the next 6 years of the EPA's research programme from 2014-2020 under the 3 key pillar areas of Climate, Water and Sustainability. Click here to  view.

2013 Article 17 Conservation Status Assessments

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has recently  published the 2006 to 2012 Conservation Assessmnets on the status of all habitats and species listed on the annexes of the Habitats Directive as required under Article 17 of the Directive. Click to view Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Ireland's 5th National report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Ireland's 5th National report to the Convention on Biological Diversity has been submitted to the CBD secretariate. Click here to view

Call for the nomination of experts for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Click here for full text.

IPBES was established, in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body. The Secretariat for the Platform is located in Bonn, Germany. One of the main functions of IPBES is to assess the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

IPBES provides a mechanism recognised by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities. This involves a credible group of experts in conducting assessments of such information and knowledge in a transparent way.
Ireland is a member of IPBES; the Government Department responsible is the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht (National Parks and Wildlife Service).

A 2014-2018 work programme was agreed in Antalya Turkey, December 2013.  The meeting report and relevant Decisions can be found on  A number of task forces and expert groups were proposed to take forward elements of the work programme.

Governments and other relevant stakeholders have been invited to nominate and present names of experts to participate in any of the task forces

If you wish to be considered as a Government nominee please submit a full Curriculum Vitae and a clear indication to which work programme deliverable the nomination is made to and  Please make the substance of the CV relevant to the work programme deliverable/s to increase your chances of selection.  NPWS are keen to facilitate Irish experts and anticipate that we will forward all nominees, however we reserve the right to make a sub-selection based on the calibre of submissions particularly in relation to the specific work programme deliverable.

Research Recommendations of the NPBR

Five working groups of scientists and senior policy representatives drawn from the NPBR were formed to examine the Biodiversity Knowledge Programme for Ireland (EPA, 2006) with a view to revising this document, prioritising research needs to help inform policy and to further establish knowledge gaps that hinder Ireland in meeting national biodiversity objectives. These reviews identified priority areas essential to implement our legislative requirements and to meet the challenge of halting the loss of our national biodiversity. The recommendations of the working groups in relation to each thematic area examined are available to download below.

NPBR Research Recommendations
Marine research recommendations
Agriculture, grasslands and soil research recommendations
Freshwater research recommendations
Uplands, peatlands and wetlands research recommendations
Invasive Alien Species research recommendations
Overarching research recommendations (All sectors)

Research  Recommendations: Summary documents
Marine summary recommendations
Agriculture, grasslands and soil summary recommendations
Freshwater summary recommendations
Uplands, peatlands and wetlands summary recommendations
Invasive Alien Species summary recommendations
Enabling actions summary recommendations

EPBRS meeting under the Irish Presidency of the EU 15-17th May 2013.

The EPBRS meeting under Irish presidency of the EU took place in Dublin Castle from the 15-17th May 2013. The title of the meeting was:
Attaining targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy
-Towards a scientifically sound EU wide evaluation of the status of all species and habitats covered by EU nature legislation
-Planning research to support the implementation of the EU biodiversity strategy – priorities for Horizon 2020

EPBRS meeting under the Danish Presidency of the EU 16-18th January 2012

The EPBRS meeting under Danish presidency took place in Copenhagen from the 16-18th January 2012. The results from this meeting will feed into the intersessional discussions on the proposed work programme for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Click here to view the results of the Danish presidency EPBRS meeting.

EPBRS meeting under the Hungarian Presidency of the EU 26-30th April 2011

The EPBRS meeting, held in Budapest, titled  “Research priorities to sustain ecosystem services”  supported the implementation of the European Biodiversity Research Strategy 2010-2020 adopted by the EPBRS plenary in Palma de Mallorca in 2010.

The intention of the strategy is to generate and share the knowledge necessary to bring human societies into a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship with the living world. Click here for the recommendations of the Hungarian EPBRS meeting.