Review of the Derogation Process under Article 9(1)(a) of the Birds Directive – Interim Report
Date Released: Monday, June 18, 2018
A review of the process of the use of Article 9(1)(a) of the EU Birds Directive in Ireland, running between January and June 2018, included a targeted consultation with key stakeholders and produced three interim reports that covered the following topics:
- Ecological status of the species listed on current Declaration;
- Extent of the issues involving these species;
- Overview of European legislation.
A wider public consultation ran for a five-week period through April and May 2018, culminating in the production of a final report that draws on the above material to produce recommendations on the derogation process.
As the Declarations are reviewed annually for publication in April each year, the final report will not be available before the 2018/19 Declarations are published. Therefore, in order to inform the 2018/19 list of Declarations, provisional recommendations are being made in this report.
These provisional recommendations are made with a focus on compliance with EU legislation. The provisional recommendations outlined in this report will be reviewed in the final report delivered to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and it is considered premature to provide greater detail prior to review of the public consultation.