Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage
This amendment relates to the restoration potential of bogs. We are proposing to remove an additional and unnecessary qualifier to what should be regarded as restoration potential. It is of concern if there is too high a threshold for what bogs may qualify for having restoration potential. Adding an additional criterion for assessing the likelihood that measures taken will be successful is setting the bar higher and brings the assessment further into the realm of subjectivity. Further, we are aware that the skills and workforce for restoring bogs are evolving and what might be considered unlikely now may yet evolve in the future. This amendment would future-proof the legislation and I urge the Minister of State to accept it.