Following a decision of Government, the National Biodiversity Data Centre has been established as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Minister of State Malcolm Noonan T.D. made the announcement on 13th December coinciding with his attendance at the COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Minister Noonan also announced membership of the Board of Directors, with John McCarthy a former Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, appointed as Chairperson of the Board. The new company will be subject to oversight by the Heritage Council.
The main role of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, as set out in its constitution is, to acquire, collate, manage, validate and make available, data in respect of Ireland’s biodiversity in order to document wildlife resources and monitor and record changes over time, in so doing, support national initiatives to maintain and enhance biodiversity, including recording of species and habitat information relating to the terrestrial, freshwater, marine, rivers and wetland environments,
Members of the National Biodiversity Data Centre
The National Biodiversity Data Centre could not deliver its extensive work programme, nor could it achieve the progress it has done in terms of promoting biodiversity recording without the strong support it has received from its partners. Some of the key partners are listed below.