LIFE IP Peatlands and People
A 7-year LIFE Integrated Project, Peatlands and People collaborates locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to generate and share solutions and knowledge for a better future. Three project pillars work together to restore and rehabilitate peatlands across Ireland's midlands (Peatlands Excellence) as well as establish an accelerator programme (Just Transition Accelerator) and design a visitor attraction (People's Discovery Attraction). This project is led by Bord na Móna, together with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage), the Environmental Protection Agency, ERINN Innovation Ltd, and National University of Ireland Galway. In addition to the LIFE funding and complementary support from the partners, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have also committed additional funds to the project.
Various peatland sites across Ireland's midlands
Improvements across upwards of 9,900ha of peatlands will be supported within the project itself (with complementary action over circa 28,100ha of peatlands and 40,000ha of grasslands)
Project Name: LIFE IP Peatlands and People
Organisation / Lead partner: Bord na Mόna
Approximate area covered: 9000 ha
Conservation Status: Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), Natura 2000
Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog
Project Type: Restoration, Management, Research, Communications, Citizen science/ community engagement.
Year Project Began: 2020
Project End Date: 2027