Ministers welcome Government approval for the development of a general scheme of a Bill to enable the designation and management of MPAs
Approval given for development of General Scheme to Provide for Marine Protected Areas
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, TD and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, have welcomed Government approval for the development of a general scheme of a Bill to enable the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas in Ireland’s maritime territory.
Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Brien stated:
“As an island nation, our seas and our ocean are absolutely crucial for Ireland. They support our economy, inward and outward trade, our energy supply and communications systems, as well as our climate, our environment, our cultural traditions and heritage, our health and well-being. In order to ensure that our seas remain clean, healthy and productive, and our unique habitats and biodiversity are protected, we are committed to designating a network of up to 30% of our maritime area as marine protected areas (MPAs) by 2030.”