The Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity Loss is preparing to vote on over 160 recommendations to address biodiversity loss in affecting all areas including agriculture, freshwater, peatlands and cities.

The recommendations include a demand for the Government take prompt, urgent, decisive action to protect and restore nature, including a substantial and sustained increase in funding.

They also call for local leadership, local communities, and non-government organisations to be actively developed and resourced so they can assist the State in addressing the biodiversity crisis.

This morning the world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, best known for her 60-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, became the last of 80 individual speakers to address the Citizens' Assembly since it began its deliberations last May.

In her keynote address Jane Goodall said that humans are part of, rather than separate from, the rest of the natural world.

Dr Jane Goodall said humans are dependent on healthy ecosystems (File pic)

"We depend on the natural world for everything including food, water, and air. What we are dependent on is healthy ecosystems. Everything is interconnected", she said.

She went on to explain that the years she spent living with chimpanzees in the forest in Tanzania taught her to see the ecosystem as a beautiful living tapestry where each animal and plant, no matter how small, has a role to play.

"And if you see it as tapestry, then if one animal or plant vanishes from that ecosystem it is like pulling a tread from the tapestry," she said.

"And if we pull enough threads then the tapestry will hang in tatters and that means the ecosystem will collapse. That is happening all over the world today," she added.

Dr Goodall said that practices such as habitation destruction, pollution, intensive agriculture, introduced animals, and poverty have caused extensive biodiversity loss.

However, she said that through proper environmental management, funding, rewilding, green corridors, and other initiatives nature will display its inherent resilience, will return and will thrive.

The world-leading conservationist said that young people are the greatest reason for hope about the preservation of nature the restoration of biodiversity.

"Once young people understand the problems and are empowered to take action, they are changing the world. They are raising awareness among their peers. They are changing attitudes among their parents and grandparents. Young people, acquiring the right values, seeing that what they are doing is making a difference, and then daring to think globally. That is the hope for the future", she said.

The Citizens' Assembly is holding its final meeting at Malahide in Co Dublin throughout the weekend.

The 99 randomly selected members are expected to conclude their deliberations and vote on a final outcome by lunchtime tomorrow.