EU Funding Secured For Restoration Of Raised Bog

New funding of €5.4 million has been secured by the European Commission for the restoration of Active Raised Bog in Ireland’s Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Network.

The project, which will operate from 2016 to 2020, seeks to improve the conservation status in Ireland of active raised bog, a priority habitat under the Habitats Directive, using best practice conservation actions. The project will support the restoration of active raised bog in 12 SAC project sites throughout Ireland.  A project team is being recruited to implement this project and will be consulting with local communities in the relevant areas.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, said: "This project will provide a significant financial injection for the conservation of Ireland’s protected raised bogs, will provide benefits to rural communities and also create employment opportunities.

"The project will also be a very positive step forward in efforts to reverse the decline of active raised bog in Ireland and will support the measures of the National Peatlands Strategy and the National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan.

"This project will be undertaken with the consultation and involvement of local communities. I am hopeful that this project will raise awareness of the importance and uniqueness of Ireland’s raised bogs and will help address the urgent need for conservation and restoration measures."


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