'Things Must Change' - Worlds First National Citizen's Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

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The Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity Loss have completed their work and made their recommendations on how the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss, which are contained in the Report of the Citizens' Assembly On Biodiversity Loss 2023. It highlights the need for the State to take prompt, decisive, and urgent action to address biodiversity loss and restoration and to provide leadership in protecting Ireland’s biodiversity for future generations

The report was launched on April 5th 2023 and can be found here:


The urgency of biodiversity loss cannot be understated and we are not outside of it looking in, we are part of biodiversity, we rely on it for our survival and our human well being. We can see from the recommendations of the Assembly that there is a lot more we need to do in relation to biodiversity loss.

The Chairperson for the Citizens' Assembly On Biodiversity Loss Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháín said

The Assembly learned that biodiversity encompasses all that we depend on nature for. At the end of this process, I think I can speak for all of the members in stating: it is time we start valuing our natural heritage as much as our cultural heritage, start treating our bogs like our Book of Kells, value our rivers and coastal waters as much as our multinationals, and cherish our forests as a part of our living history. In doing this, we can be good ancestors.


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