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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Officially launched in 2001, the Native Woodland Scheme is implemented by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in partnership with Woodlands of Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Council. The scheme aims to protect, enhance and expand Ireland’s native woodland resource and associated biodiversity through appropriate planting and management. The scheme is comprised of two elements: native woodland conservation and native woodland establishment. The Native Woodland Conservation Grants provide funding to restore existing woodlands to native woodland status and includes actions such as the clearance of non-native tree species, rhododendron clearance and erecting deer fencing. The Native Woodland Establishment Grants provide funding for the establishment of new native woodland on open, greenfield sites. These new woodlands must reflect the native woodland types(s) identified as being the most appropriate for the site.
As of 2013, 301 sites covering an area of 3828.36 ha are involved in the Native Woodland Scheme. Of the 301 sites, 124 (1142.98 ha) have received grants under the Native Woodland Establishment element and 177 (2685.38) have received funding under the Native Woodland Conservation element.
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This indicator focuses on the number of number sites and the area covered by the Native Woodland Scheme which aims to protect, enhance and expand Ireland’s native woodland resource and associated biodiversity.