PfG 2016-21 Measurement Annex - Biodiversity

Date published: 09 June 2017

Statistics:

% protected terrestrial area  under favourable management;

% of protected marine area under favourable management

While both indicators depict a worsening trend since 2009/10, it is particularly apparent for the marine indicator.  During this period, the Department was working towards the creation of an ecologically coherent network of terrestrial and marine protected areas and efforts were focused on completing a programme of designations.  The total marine protected area increased from 269km2 in 2009/10 to 2566km2 in 2016/17 while the total terrestrial protected area increased from 1,384km2 to 1,489km2 over the same time period. The Department has now entered a phase where the necessary management measures will be identified and introduced for both terrestrial and marine protected areas, and the focus between 2017 and 2022 will be on bringing the protected area network into favourable management.