Wetlands Park should benefit from survival of EU nature laws


corncrake image courtesy of birdwatchireland.iePlanned tourism projects like the Wetlands Park on exhausted bog lands in Longford and Roscommon will benefit from the survival of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.

That’s according to a spokesperson for Ireland’s biggest environmental non-governmental organisation, BirdWatch Ireland.

The organisation is warmly welcoming confirmation from the EU president today that the Birds’ and Habitats’ Directives will remain in place, and will not be changed or rewritten.

Speaking on Let’s Talk this afternoon, Oonagh Duggan from BirdWatch Ireland says the laws play a role in not just protecting nature, but in developing our vital tourism industry.

The BirdWatch Ireland spokesperson also says they recognise that farmers are seriously inconvenienced by the constraints involved in the directives.

Oonagh Duggan says the situation could be improved by better implementation of the regulations, and they believe farmers should be properly compensated.