The importance of getting the work done on biodiversity at local level was raised by Senator Pauline O’Reilly today at the Joint Committee for Climate Action. O’Reilly introduced the prospect of having biodiversity officers on every council across the country to “help bring the public onboard but also ensure that we get the work done at a local level”.
In answer to Senator O’Reilly Professor Jane Stout, Professor of Botany, Trinity College Dublin added that “biodiversity offices in every council, and more than one, would be desirable …you look at the decisions that are made at that level in terms of planning, the expertise isn’t necessarily there in terms of planning for education for outreach, for all the different facets needed, so at least one I think I would advocate for.
The Climate Committee heard from a number of experts in biodiversity in relation to climate.
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