Ireland pioneers ocean protection within the EU by putting in place ambitious legislation by 2025 and highly protecting 10 percent of its EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) with a clear pathway for realising at least 30 by 2030.
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A political advocacy and public engagement campaign, underpinned by scientific and legal research, for robust, evidence-based, Marine Protection Areas in Irish waters.
This campaign will seek an ambitious framework for the designation and effective delivery of an ecologically coherent network of well-managed and well-resourced MPAs which protect and restore our natural marine environment.
The campaign aims to secure designations comprising a minimum of 10 percent highly protected areas by 2025, with a clear pathway for achieving at least 30 percent by 2030.
Designation using a whole site/ecosystem approach is required, with robust legislation to deliver this. This would make Ireland a European leader with potentially global significance in marine protection through the establishment of a diverse range of ecologically coherent, representative, well-managed Marine Protected Areas.
- Irish Wildlife Trust
- BirdWatch Ireland
- Coomhola Salmon Trust
- Friends of the Irish Environment
- Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
- Irish Environmental Network