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Environment and Heritage Service

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Environment and Heritage Service to meet targets for areas of special scientific interest designations in Northern Ireland. (107989)

Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) is presently establishing a priority, risk-based list of 200 sites for designation as areas of special scientific interest (ASSI) over the next ten years. In order to meet its statutory obligations EHS intends to increase incrementally its rate of designation from 15 ASSIs in this financial year to 20 next year and 25 in successive years.