Written Answers - Natural Heritage Areas.

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 620 No. 50

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  293.  Ms Harkin  Information on Marian Harkin  Zoom on Marian Harkin   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche   the number of hectares per county designated NHA, SAC or SPC; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20039/06]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  The following table lists the hectares per county for all nature conservation sites i.e. Natural Heritage Areas (NHA), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) or Special Protection Areas (SPA) currently protected under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2000 and the European Union (Natural Habitats) Regulations, SI No. 94/1997 as amended.

County Designated Areas (Hectares)
Carlow 6,561
Cavan 18,523
Clare 97,838
Cork 66,928
Donegal 137,865

County Designated Areas (Hectares)
Dublin 22,136
Galway 202,490
Kerry 218,708
Kildare 6,397
Kilkenny 7,139
Laois 10,433
Leitrim 22,566
Limerick 14,193
Longford 9,384
Louth 18,830
Mayo 190,434
Meath 7,363
Monaghan 3,305
Offaly 10,418
Roscommon 21,895
Sligo 41,272
Tipperary 29,479
Waterford 18,135
Westmeath 15,795
Wexford 66,399
Wicklow 43,105
Total 1,307,591

The sites included in these areas were publicly advertised in local media and notified to individual landowners/users where known. While these sites enjoy legal protection from the date of advertisement, the formal designation of these sites is not complete until I have signed an Order under the relevant legislation for each. This is an ongoing process following consideration and determination of any objections from those affected.


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