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Mar 14

EU Nature Restoration Law – A Deep Dive

EU Nature Restoration Law – A Deep Dive Published: March 14th 2024 Author: Grace Carr, IWT Marine Advocacy Officer. First Published by Fair Seas. Here we look at the recently passed EU Nature Restoration Law (NRL) and what it means for life in the ocean. In this blog we look at the marine targets within […]

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Feb 27

Press release: Nature Restoration Law passed by European Parliament

Press Release 27th February 2024  Nature Restoration Law passed by European Parliament   The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the passing of the Nature Restoration Law and believes this is a substantial step forward on the way to restoring our degraded ecosystems. While the law has been weakened since the Commission’s original proposal back in 2022, it […]

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Feb 09

The Irish Sea Network (ISN) releases its new report ‘Ecological Considerations for Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea’.

  The Irish Sea Network (ISN) releases its new report ‘Ecological Considerations for Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea’. Published: February 9th, 2024   The Irish Wildlife Trust, SWAN and 11 other environmental organisations across Ireland and the UK are urging their governments to take a collaborative and ecosystem based approach to marine spatial […]

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Feb 02

World Wetlands Day 2024

WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2024 World Wetlands Day stands as a global reminder of the crucial role wetlands play in maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance. These vibrant ecosystems are especially critical for iconic Irish species such as the Curlew, a bird whose calls are synonymous with Irish wetlands yet is alarmingly diminishing from our landscapes. The […]

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Feb 02

Bottom Trawling in the EU, the UK and Ireland

Bottom Trawling in the EU, the UK and Ireland The marine environment as well as the fisheries sector face a number of issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change as well as challenges arising from political matters like Brexit. Ensuring that marine ecosystems are restored and protected effectively will not only preserve the incredible […]

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Dec 24

The Irish Wildlife Trust is hiring a Finance & Compliance Officer

The Irish Wildlife Trust is hiring a Finance & Compliance Officer Job Title: Finance & Compliance Officer Organisation: The Irish Wildlife Trust Location: 8 Cabra Road, Dublin 7, Ireland Hours: 3 to 5 days per week Salary Rate: €35,000-38,000 per year pro rata Start date: As soon as possible Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd […]

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Nov 10

Press Release: Essential Nature Restoration Law Survives EU Negotiations

Essential Nature Restoration Law Survives EU Negotiations EU Trilogue Negotiations have concluded on the Nature Restoration Law. Although ambition has been weakened from the original vision for this law, it is now a step closer to becoming a reality and supporting Ireland’s efforts to save nature. The Irish Wildlife Trust has called for Member States, […]

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Oct 25

Press Release: Environmental NGOs Rebukes Government For Slow Progress On Key Ocean Protection Legislation

PRESS RELEASE 25 October 2023 ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs REBUKES GOVERNMENT FOR SLOW PROGRESS ON KEY OCEAN PROTECTION LEGISLATION Fair Seas Coalition deliver 11,758 signature petition calling for urgent legislation A coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental NGOs has strongly criticised the government for failing to publish key legislation that would protect Irish seas and help tackle the […]

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Oct 11

PRESS RELEASE: WildArt 2023

Press Release 10th October Wildart 2023 – Children’s Wildlife Art Competition open for Entries The Irish Wildlife Trust is excited to announce the launch of WildArt 2023, an engaging art competition that invites young artists to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Irish woodlands during the autumn season. Under the theme “Autumn Woodland Wonders” […]

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Sep 28

Press Release: EU Nature Restoration Law cannot restore marine ecosystems without addressing Fisheries Impacts

Press Release: EU Nature Restoration Law cannot restore marine ecosystems without addressing Fisheries Impacts 28th September 2023   After the Summer recess in the EU Parliament, final trilogue negotiations have begun on the Nature Restoration Law (NRL) and will determine how ambitious and effective this law will be. The negotiations will take place between the […]

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Aug 10

The Irish Wildlife Trust is hiring a Communications Officer

The Irish Wildlife Trust is hiring a Communications Officer  Download IWT Communications Officer Job Ad Job Title: Communications Officer  Organisation: The Irish Wildlife Trust  Location: 8 Cabra Road, Dublin 7, Ireland Hours: This is a full time post 5 days per week Salary Rate: €32,000 per year  Start date: As soon as possible   Closing […]

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Jul 27

Message from the Board of the Irish Wildlife Trust

This is the text of a message sent to IWT members from the Board of Directors following the resignation of our staff member Pádraic Fogarty. Interested members of the public beyond our own IWT membership have contacted us about this incident so we have decided to publish this message here for public reference.   Message […]

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Jul 15

Opinion: Drift of the farm orgs

OPINION Drift of the farm orgs By Pádraic Fogarty 15th July 2023 This blog represents the views of the author and is not an Irish Wildlife Trust position.   Last May, I found myself on the farm of Donie Regan in the west of County Offaly. The open day was organised by the Farm Carbon […]

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Jul 14

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes new marine designations but warns that fisheries must be controlled if they are to be effective.

PRESS RELEASE  Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes new marine designations but warns that fisheries must be controlled if they are to be effective. 14th July 2023 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) welcomes the latest announcement of a large new Special Protection Area (SPA) in the north-west Irish Sea. SPAs are designated under existing legislation for the protection of […]

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Jul 10

Opinion: Nature Restoration must be supported by Irish MEPs

OPINION Nature Restoration must be supported by Irish MEPs By Damien Thomson Political Advisor to the Left grouping in the European Parliament on environment & climate, July 10th 2023   On Wednesday (July 12th), there will be an extraordinarily decisive vote in the European Parliament which will decide whether we have a chance of overcoming […]

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Jul 05

Judgement on European Commission vs. Ireland case

Ireland has lost a case brought to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission over its failure to implement the Habitats Directive. The judgement occurred on the 29th of June after a lengthy case and highlights Ireland’s consistent failure to protect nature on land and at sea.   Recap   In 2004, 423 […]

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Jul 01

Three years in government

Three years in government Pádraic Fogarty 1st July 2023 The Government recently celebrated three years in office, how is it doing in meeting nature objectives? I wrote a blog after its first anniversary in 2021 and the same terms and conditions apply to the one you are about to read. A year is not a […]

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Jun 17

Fair seas but few whales

Fair Seas, few whales Pádraic Fogarty 17th of June 2023 The south west-coast of Ireland has been identified by Fair Seas as an area which warrants designation as a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Irish government has committed to protecting 30% of our territorial waters in MPAs by 2030 and legislation to allow for this […]

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Jun 15

Press Release: MEPs have voted to keep the Nature Restoration Law alive and fought off attempts to quash it by the European People’s Party (Fine Geal’s European group).

Press Release  15th June  2023 A key vote in Strasbourg has kept hopes alive for the livelihoods of millions of workers and the wellbeing of the planet. Voting today on the draft Nature Restoration Law, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee voted down, with a […]

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