Donegal County Council has been given the go ahead to appoint its first ever biodiversity officer.
It is expected the position will be filled by September.
The announcement today follows a commitment in the Programme for Government to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis, following the Dáil’s declaration of a Biodiversity Emergency in 2019, and the Citizens Assembly on Biodiversity Loss in 2022.
In addition to developing a Biodiversity Plan for their area, the new officer will advise the council on biodiversity-related issues and its obligations in relation to protecting biodiversity.
The new officer will help to fully integrate biodiversity conservation into all of their policies, plans and actions, through training and the provision of expert advice.