Wicklow businesses are being encouraged to sign up for new project designed to help them to take action to tackle climate change.
The new platform aims to help businesses to measure, design and demonstrate their biodiversity impact, drawing on expertise of organisations including the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
Business for Biodiversity will offer services and facilitate collaboration among participating companies. It also hopes to educate member companies around national policy on biodiversity and help to identify nature-based solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss.
The project aims to promote the restoration and regeneration of Ireland’s natural heritage.
Backed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the platform was launched at the National Biodiversity Conference 2022.
Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan said: "I'm looking forward to seeing the Irish business community drive action on the biodiversity agenda. This platform aims to bring businesses together across sectors to assess biodiversity impact, take strategic action across a range of organisational levels, and learn from international best practice in corporate biodiversity governance.
“Corporate action is an important element of the all-of-society approach required to address biodiversity loss and I encourage all businesses to sign up to the platform, and get involved to help protect, conserve and restore nature."
Minister of State for Land-Use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett said: “The business community has a vital role to play in our response to the biodiversity crisis, so I am delighted to support this platform. Employees and consumers alike are demanding more from businesses when it comes to their environmental credentials, and this platform will enable businesses to build their awareness of both their impacts and their dependencies on biodiversity.
"With that awareness, businesses will be empowered to take action to address biodiversity loss and to have a positive impact on the communities in which they operate.”
Business For Biodiversity received government seed funding for an initial three-year period. However, there are plans to put a paid membership model in place to offer support and networking opportunities to businesses, with a tiered fee system to suit every scale, from small-to-medium enterprises to large multi-nationals.
More information is available at businessforbiodiversity.ie.