Secur­ing the future of Ireland’s seabirds

BirdLife Europe

Ireland’s waters rep­re­sent 8% of the EU’s marine area. They hold many species of con­ser­va­tion impor­tance, includ­ing 24 species of seabirds. How­ev­er, Ireland’s Marine Pro­tect­ed Areas (MPA) net­work is severe­ly lack­ing – cur­rent­ly, it is one of only three mem­ber states who have des­ig­nat­ed less than 1% of their waters as spe­cial pro­tect­ed areas.

BirdLife Europe aims to dri­ve for­ward the des­ig­na­tion and effec­tive man­age­ment of marine pro­tect­ed areas cov­er­ing the most impor­tant sites for seabirds in Irish seas, secur­ing the future for Ireland’s inter­na­tion­al­ly impor­tant seabird pop­u­la­tions and oth­er marine species, and con­tribut­ing to the effec­tive pro­tec­tion and restora­tion of seas in the EU.

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