Public Consultation Notice:
Ireland’s Invasive Alien Species Soil and Stone Pathway Action Plan 2023 – 2027
With increased movement of people and goods around the world, there is an increased introduction of alien (non-native) species to new areas where they can become invasive. Therefore actions to help reduce the risk of further introductions is required. Key to this, is knowing how the invasive species are likely to be introduced and acting to prevent further introductions through those pathways.
Pathways are the routes and mechanisms of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (IAS).
The purpose of Pathway Action Plans (PAPs) is to prevent or minimize the risk posed by the pathways using measures such as raising public awareness and setting out actions to prevent unintentional introductions by minimizing the contamination of goods, commodities, vehicles, and equipment by invasive alien species, and ensuring appropriate border checks.
Three pathway action plans are a priority for development in Ireland for the following pathways:
- Angling – Finalised April 2022.
Download the angling action plan here, and the synopsis brochure here.
- Recreational boating and watercraft – Finalised May 2022.
Download the boating action plan here, and the synopsis brochure here.
- Movement of soil and stone – issued for public consultation from 04 May to 01 June 2023.
Public Consultation Notice: Movement of soil and stone
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting any interested parties (e.g., individual persons, group, or public body) to provide comments and make submissions on ‘Ireland’s Invasive Alien Species Soil and Stone Pathway Action Plan 2023 – 2027’.
To assist you with your submission, a public consultation background document on the draft pathway action plan can be found under the heading ‘Documents’ below. You do not have to comment on the whole plan. If you have a specific area of interest or an action that may be of most relevance to you, you are free to respond just on that topic.
Notice on the public consultation of the Pathway Action Plan is also published on the following government webpages:
Ireland’s Invasive Alien Species Soil and Stone Pathway Action Plan 2023 – 2027 (DRAFT)
Public Consultation – Background Document
Public Consultation – Privacy Statement
Making Your Submission & Deadlines
Observations, views and comments can be submitted by email to the National Parks and Wildlife Service at: [email protected]
All submissions must be entered by the deadline of 6pm on Thursday 1 June 2023.
Read the full terms and conditions of submitting a comment here.
These Pathway Action Plans (PAPs) are three in a series of plans that will be developed to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of invasive alien species in Ireland. Each plan was drafted by a supporting Working Group chaired by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and were made available for public consultation from 09 December 2021 to 04 February 2022. Click here to view the Submissions Report.