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President Higgins initiates biodiversity survey to identify ways to protect plant and animal life around Áras an Uachtaráin

President Higgins initiates biodiversity survey to identify ways to protect plant and animal life around Áras an Uachtaráin

Date: Sat 1st Feb, 2020 | 16:31

President Michael D Higgins has asked a team of experts to develop plans to protect plants and wildlife around Áras an Uachtaráin.

In November 2019, the President asked the Office of Public Works (OPW), which owns and manages the Phoenix Park, to commission a year-long “bio-diversity” audit of the 52.6-hectare (130-acre) site around Áras an Uachtaráin.

The team of scientists will quantify both habitat and species diversity in the grounds, which contain both formal gardens and certified organic kitchen gardens, grasslands, wooded areas and a lake. 

 

President Higgins has been interested in the protection of biodiversity for many years, and it was this issue that brought him to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

Speaking at the first National Biodiversity Conference in early 2019 he said that we are facing “profound challenges” in terms of threats to our natural environment and that reversing biodiversity loss will require all of us to be leaders within our own spheres of influence. 

 

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Audio:

RTÉ’s “Mooney Goes Wild” on the project: