Northern Ireland biodiversity strategy lacks new targets

The 2020 strategy promises to publish plans and meet existing commitments. It says little about the state of nature in Northern Ireland

Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland (photograph: Ryan Macdonald, CC by SA 2.0)

Northern Ireland’s Department of Environment (DOE) has published a draft 2020 biodiversity strategy for consultation.

The strategy says it wishes to be “inspirational and aspirational”. Yet it appears to be a classic case of a government promising to ‘do something’ in lieu of promising to achieve results on the ground.

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