Awareness of biodiversity
Status of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Measures that safeguard biodiversity
Measures that mainstream biodiversity
Benefits derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
Impacts on biodiversity outside of Ireland
Knowledge of Irish biodiversity
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A biodiversity-related Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalises how two parties, in this case statutory bodies, engage with each other to fulfil legislative requirements regarding biodiversity conservation. The benefit of formalising engagement with an MOU is the clarification of roles and responsibilities in terms of systems and processes of biodiversity assessment and conservation, as well as best practice guidance and technical support for unforeseen circumstances where the two parties need to collaborate on fulfilling legislative requirements. Furthermore, where applicable, the biodiversity-related MOU should comply with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Aarhus Convention in relation to access to environmental information, public participation in environmental decision making and environmental justice.
To date, one Memorandum of Understanding is under development between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gealtacht and An Bord Pleanála.
More information on the UNECE Aarhus Convention can be found here:
Cooperation between the public bodies are formalised through the use of Memoranda of Understanding. This indicator will track the number of signed biodiversity-related Memoranda of Understanding.