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Biodiversity

Ireland has many different habitats, some of which are rare elsewhere in the world. These include peat bogs, limestone pavement (such as in the Burren), and sand dunes. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity; without plants there would be no oxygen, and without bees to pollinate there would be no fruit to eat. However, nature is not merely a natural resource for human exploitation. Every plant and animal has intrinsic value and needs to be respected and protected.

GFI aims to increase awareness of biodiversity in Ireland by offering local events throughout Ireland so that householders, farmers and communities can learn strategies for attracting wildlife to their homes, farms and villages. We also participate in public consultation calls, placing an emphasis on biological protection and enhancement in public plans and projects. With groups such as the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) we promote the legal rights of nature throughout Europe and work for the constitutional protection of nature in Ireland.