If you are organising an event to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, we encourage you to share your activities with us and everyone in your country. If you wish to see the information below in your official language, please send us a translation (.doc or .pdf) at iyb2010@cbd.int.

If you have videos and photos of your celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity, please send them to us!


Ireland: View the country profile

National Celebrations

  Notice Nature
Notice Nature is Ireland’s public awareness campaign on biodiversity. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to encourage everyone to play their part in its protection. This will help halt the damage being done to our plants and animals and the landscape, waters and habitats in which they live.

Go wild in Monaghan - Free Events
Monaghan County Council has teamed up with a number of non-governmental organisations who work to promote the conservation and understanding of Ireland’s biodiversity. These groups are membership based and rely heavily on the goodwill of volunteers to continue their good work. All the events listed are free, and will be highly enjoyable and informative. Please come along and learn more about Monaghan’s rich biodiversity. List of Events

Dates and VenueEvent
27 April 2010
Information evening from Aquatic Invasive Species Ireland (CAISIE)
28 April 2010
Information evening from CAISIE
16 - 22 May 2010

Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science: celebrating our Living Earth
29 - 30 May 2010
Fourth Annual Native Species Weekend / Organized by Dublin Zoo
13 - 18 June 2010
Fourth Global Botanic Gardens Congress : Addressing Global Change - a new agenda for botanic gardens
24 November 2010
Eco-Unesco’s National Youth Eco-Forum 2010
The National Parks & Wildlife Service will promote the year and produce material to raise awareness about biodiversity.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre produced a 2010 wall planner to help raise awareness. And here is the Programme of workshops for 2010

  Biodiversity Week, Ireland


Forest Friends Ireland

Forest Friends Ireland, among other objectives, wants to bring about a change in the present status quo, whereby forestry policy in Ireland is based primarily on a monoculture, a single species, namely Sitka Spruce. To work towards the achievement of a policy based on biodiversity and continuous canopy, in accordance with the principles annunciated in the Convention on Biodiversity, at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit 1992.

Just Forests

Irish Woodworkers for Africa (T/A Just Forests) was founded in 1989 in response to the trade in tropical timber and the resulting decline of global forests thus making us one of Ireland's longest established non-governmental development education organisations working solely on global poverty-related tropical forestry/timber issues from a local development perspective.

Just Forests uses society's dependence on wood and the on-going decline in global forests as a tool to establish links between green-house gases, the loss of terrestrial biodiversity, "development", conflict and poverty.

Since our inception, Just Forests, have always insisted that good forest stewardship is inseparable from sustainable development, and if we fail to take it into account we risk undoing all the positive work being carried out by national and international development agencies and governments to reduce poverty and combat climate change.

What has Religion Got To Do with Biodiversity?

Thinking Trees!

Just Music International Aid Project Launched

Just Forests response to the reviews of the White Paper on Irish Aid – 2012

What do Trees have to do with Music?

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is the leading national centre for botany and horticulture. The Gardens are situated in Dublin city and include major collections of plants held for research, educational, conservation and horticultural purposes. It received over 600,000 visitors each year and implements broadly-based national and international programmes in scientific research, plant conservation, environmental education and public horticulture. The institution also includes the National Herbarium which contains c750,000 plant specimens.