Community Wetlands Forum

The Community Wetlands Forum (CWF) was established under the umbrella of Irish Rural Link in September 2013. The initiative came from community groups involved in wetland conservation who were developing the idea of wetlands as assets for their communities. At present there are 8 local community groups who are members of the CWF, with more interested in joining. Members include Abbeyleix Bog (Laois), Wetlands Heritage Ireland (Longford), Cabragh Wetlands (Tipperary), Schohaboy Bog (Cloughjordan, Tipperary), Clara Bog (Offaly), Ounamoun Nature Reserve, Drummin Bog (Carlow), and Girley Bog (Meath). The forum is also attended by representatives from, amongst others, the National Parks & Wildlife (NPWS), Bord Na Mona, Coillte, Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), County Councils (Heritage & Planning), Birdwatch Ireland and other NGOs, Waterford Institute of Technology, and the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (IRWC).

The Living Bog Restoration Project

‘The Living Bog’ – the largest raised bog restoration project ever undertaken in Ireland. 12 of Ireland’s unique raised bog Special Area's of Conservation (SAC) in seven counties will be brought back to life between 2016 – 2020. Restoration work on these Natura 2000 sites will improve over 2600 hectares of threatened raised bog habitat – the equivalent of over 7000 sports fields and 18% of the current national high bog area.

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The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (Comhairle Chaomhnaithe Phortaigh na hÉireann) is an independent conservation charity. They were established in 1982 to campaign for the conservation of a representative sample of living intact Irish bogs and peatlands as part of Ireland's heritage.

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Bogland: protocol for the sustainable management of peatlands in Ireland.

The Environmental Protection Agency is funding this major research project on sustainable peatland management in Ireland which is being led by University College Dublin and includes partners from many organisations around Ireland. Funded under the ‘Sustainable Development’ measure of the research programme, this project addresses peatlands from four dimensions: Environmental, Social, Economic and Institutional and is bringing this work together to develop a protocol for the sustainable management of peatlands in Ireland.

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The aims and objectives of are : To collect Nature's Calendar from the public into one central database. To increas awareness of Ireland's biodiversity and is so doing to increase awareness of the value of habitats for the plants and animals. To maintain a website that allows the public to contribute their experience of the natural world via maps and blogs/forums.

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Bird Watch Ireland

Ireland (BWI) is the trading name of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (IWC) formed in 1968. We are the leading voluntary conservation organisation in Ireland, devoted to the conservation and protection of Ireland's wild birds and their habitats.

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Bord Na Mona

Bord na Móna is an international supplier of products and services based principally on peat. It is a substantial landowner. It operates on a decentralised basis through subsidiary companies.

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ENFO is Ireland's public information service on environmental matters, including sustainable development.

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'Farming for Conservation in the Burren'

'Farming for Conservation in the Burren' The Burren LIFE Project aims to develop a new model of farming for the Burren that takes into account the needs of the heritage of the Burren, but also the needs of the custodians of this heritage, the farming community.

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Restoring Active Blanket Bog in Ireland

A nature conservation project jointly funded by EU DG-Environment and Coillte Teoranta (The Irish Forestry Board) under the EU LIFE-Nature Programme. 1967 ha of blanket bog habitat along the western seaboard of Ireland has been restored to more favourable conservation status in the period 2002 to 2007.

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Latvian Project to restores Mires

Project Manager Mara Pakalne, and partners working on a project - "Implementation of Mire Habitat Management Plan for Latvia".

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LIFE - Nature

LIFE-Nature (The financial Instrument for the Environment) was launched in 1992. It co-finances environmental activities in the European Community and in certain non-Community agreements for this purpose. The Raised Bog Restoration Project has received €1,875,000 (which represents 75% of a total budget of €2,5000,000), this money will be used in the period 2004 - 2008 to implement Project Actions.

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Natura 2000

Natura 2000 safeguards the most important rare habitats and species in Europe. Natura 2000 is 'your' nature. Natura 2000 sites exist in 25 countries, together they form part of a co-ordinated European Network of sensitively managed areas to protect species and habitats across their natural range and irrespective of political or national boundaries.

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The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government and is charged with the conservation of a range of habitats and species in Ireland.

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The HeritageCouncil

The Heritage Council was established as a statutory body under the Heritage act 1995. Its role is to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. National Heritage is defined as including monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects such as art and industrial works, documents and genealogical records, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, parks and inland waterways. The Council has a particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the national heritage.

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Tree Council of Ireland

The aims of the Tree Council are: To promote the conservation, planting and maintenance of trees. To act as a forum for organisations concerned with trees and to provide initiatives for co-operation. To disseminate knowledge about trees and their care.

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