Irish Businesses Support Declaration on Nature
Protection of Nature essential for thriving businesses
Twenty-five Irish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (listed below) were among over 300 European SMEs that signed up to a Declaration of Support for the Birds and Habitats Directives. The Directives are the cornerstone of European nature protection laws and are critically important to these businesses who depend on a thriving environment for their livelihoods.
The Irish businesses which declared their support for the Directives include service providers for tourism, health and well being, farmers, ecological consultancies and education providers who live mainly in rural areas from all around ireland and rely on a thriving, attractive environment with abundant nature for their businesses. They state in the Declaration that 'Our good business relies on good nature protection, including nature protected by EU law. Stable, effective and predictable legislation is important for us'.
The Birds and Habitats Directives are under threat of being weakened as part of the Fitness Check process currently underway within the European Commission. However, the public response to this has been a call for their better implementation and not their weakening. As well as the SMEs standing up for nature, in 2015 over 520,000 European citizens took part in the public consultation on the nature laws saying that they are fit for purpose. In May 2016 over 11,000 people took part in a Thunderclap to send a message that these laws need to be better implemented and not weakened. Representative organisations for business have also called for better implementation saying that changing the laws now would lead to years of uncertainty which is not good for business. On top of this the European Parliament also voted for better implementation and for the Directives to remain as they are.
The SMEs want better investment in nature conservation in order to maintain their natural capital. They call on the Commission to protect their livelihoods by implementing better our nature laws and not undermining them.
Please contact Oonagh Duggan, Policy Officer, BirdWatch Ireland, for more information about this initiative in Ireland: oduggan [at] birdwatchireland.ie.
The list of Irish businesses supporting the Birds and Habitats Directives are:
Atlantic Sea Kayaking (Jim Kennedy),West Cork: http://www.atlanticseakayaking.com
Christy Stapleton Organic Vegetable Grower/Importer, Co Wicklow& Dublin: http://thegreendoor.ie/
Nature Learn (Michael Bell), Co Sligo: http://www.naturelearn.com
Ireland’s Wildlife (Calvin Jones), Co Cork: http://www.irelandswildlife.com
Aster Environmental Consultants (Marie-Louise Heffernan), Co Galway: http://www.aster.ie/ .
Hells Kettle Farm (Gavin Lynch) Co Wicklow: http://hellskettle.ie/
Goleen Harbour Farm and Ecotourism (Matt Mills), West Cork: http://goleenharbour.ie/tag/west-cork
Leitrim Flowers (Kealin Ireland) Co Leitrim: http://www.leitrimflowers.ie
Jamestown Nature Reserve (Will Warham), Co. Wexford: http://jamestownnaturereserve.com/
Waterfall Alpaca Farm and Walk (Emma Bird), West Cork: http://www.westcorkalpacas.com/
Bantry Pony trekking (Jenni Norton), West Cork: www.bantryponytrekking.com
Adventure Gently (Adrienne Diamond & Graham Robertson), Co. Leitrim: Guided Canoe Tours http://adventuregentlyireland.com
Carrauntoohil Eco Farm (Vicki Cullen), Co. Kerry: http://www.carrauntoohilecofarm.com
Cloncannon Biofarm (Sean Farrell), Co. Tipperary: www.cloncannonbiofarm.com
Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat (Jo), Co. Leitrim : http://www.ardnahoo.com/
Shearwater Kayaking (Eileen), Co Dublin. http://www.shearwaterseakayaking.ie/welcome_to_shear.php
Tawnylust Lodge(Nuala McNulty), Co. Leitrim: http://www.irishecotourism.com/p/eco-tourism_8.html
Leitrim Landscape Guided Walks (Tina Pommer), Co. Leitrim: http://bigdayoutinleitrim.com/leitrim-landscapes-guided-walks/
Bluebell Organic Farm (Mary Luthers), Co. Leitrim: http://bluebellorganicfarm.com/
Electric Bike Trails (Eileen Gibbons), Co. Leitrim: http://www.electricbiketrails.com/about-us.html
The Organic Centre, (Hans Wieland), Co. Leitrim: http://www.theorganiccentre.ie/ Co. Leitrim
Pod Pairc, Top of the Rock (David Ross), West Cork: http://topoftherock.ie/
Wildeye Consultants (Ciaran Cronin) Co Cork: http://www.wildeye.ie/
Derrybeg Farm, (Anne Ryan), Co. Kildare: www.derrybegfarm.ie
Environmental Management Services (Jack O'Sullivan)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS LIST,
EMAIL OONAGH ABOVE FOR MORE INFO.