Chapter 17: Natural Heritage and Biodiversity
The following material alterations are proposed to Chapter 17 – Natural Heritage and Biodiversity. The proposed alterations should be read in conjunction with the original draft chapter which can be viewed here.
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Section 17.0 Introduction
Natural heritage includes the variety of life, often referred to as biodiversity, its physical or geological foundation, and the landscapes which form the surrounding environment. Wicklow supports a good diversity of natural and semi natural habitats such as marine, coastal, wetland, woodland, lake, river and uplands that in turn support a wide range of associated wild plant and animal species. There are also many geological heritage sites of interest in the County which are an important element of the natural heritage. The conservation and management of the natural environment must be viewed as a central element in the long-term economic and social development of the County. Protecting and enhancing biodiversity and landscapes is vital for the health, well-being and quality of life of communities today
and will also be vitally important in the future in adapting to climate change’ and it has a vital role to play in our response to the climate emergency.