Irelandís National Strategy for Plant Conservation
comprises a set of 16 targets modelled on the GSPC, through which we can bring about better comprehension and conservation of our native plants and fungi
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Protection of the most important areas for plant diversity assured.

Last updated 20 February 2010

An initial process will be identifying areas within Ireland that are significant in terms of the plant or fungal species or combinations of plants and fungi contained within them. Drafting and designation of these regions will be an important step in appreciating gaps in other legal approaches to the protection of our flora.

In Northern Ireland, 48 candidate sites were listed (summary listing here), however the IPA methodology proposed by Plantlife International only selected 4 of these at the UK level see Plantlife web page. For this reason it is felt that the Plantlife IPA criteria will not be valuable in an Irish context.

Work by Úna Fitzpatrick & Paul Green on identifying local important plant areas in County Waterford, on the other hand looks more promising. A proposal to extend this work at a National Scale is being worked on by Matthew Jebb and John Finn, for Improving the delivery of advice from conservation ecology to REPS


  • Develop methodology and criteria for recognising Important Areas for Plant Diversity in the Republic of Ireland by July 2006.
  • Undertake 3 pilot studies which will identify Important Areas for Plant Diversity in Dublin (DNFC), Westmeath (Con Breen), and East Galway (GNFC) by October 2006.
  • Presentation of results of pilot studies at a meeting in September 2006, at which the methodology and criteria will also be refined.
  • Identification of important areas of vascular plant diversity by 2007.
  • Determine the extent to which important areas of plant diversity fall within protected areas, e.g. SACs, NHAs and National Nature Reserves, with a view to filling any gaps in coverage by 2010.
Milestones & Indicators:
  • Disseminate information on the significance and conservation value of IAPDs in the form of a publication based on the three Pilot studies, and launch a National Initiative.
  • Evaluate the extent to which IAPDs fall within protected (designated) areas, and publish a report on the extent to which important areas of plant diversity fall within formally protected areas.