- improve stakeholders communication and cooperation in the policy and governance of Natura 2000;
- improve the insufficient integration and coordination in the mobilisation of complementary funding by maximising synergies with the relevant State and European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), particularly agri-environment schemes under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD);
- increase general public awareness of the Natura 2000 network nationally;
- improve education and appreciation of the ecological value of the Natura 2000 network nationally, and in particular the climate change importance of peatlands; and
- build capacities by addressing key staffing shortages, and meeting key training and guidance requirements.
- develop a sense of community ownership towards local peatlands in the Northern and Western Region;
- secure local community involvement and support with regard to 35 blanket bog SACs where concrete conservation actions will take place;
- secure the support of landowners, land users and other local stakeholders for management plans to deal with the multiple threats facing these sites;
- improve the limited availability of staff proficient in the Irish language for community and landowner engagement in the Gaeltacht areas;
- undertake surveys of selected blanket bog SACs to assess their current conservation status;
- carry out baseline surveys to identify specific optimal restoration areas on 13 blanket bog SACs in the NWRA project area (this has already been done for 11 of the 24 sites);
- raise water levels by blocking drains on the identified restoration areas;
- remove planted and naturally regenerated trees and shrubs;
- control invasive species (particularly Rhododendron ponticum);
- improve fire prevention and management; and
- fence key areas, remove inappropriate fencing, and control grazing on project sites.
- improved communication and cooperation with other government departments and bodies in the policy and governance of Natura 2000, and improved coordination and mobilisation of complementary funding, by maximising synergies of State funding with the relevant European funds;
- capacity building achieved by addressing key staffing shortages and by delivery of key training requirements; and
- increased general public awareness and appreciation of the Natura 2000 network, the ecological and climate change mitigation value of peatlands, and the urgent need to conserve and restore Irelands unique blanket bogs.
- substantially improved prospects for blanket bog and associated habitats;
- increased sense of community ownership towards local peatlands in the Northern and Western Region and improved support from local communities for the long-term conservation of their local blanket bog SACs;
- secured landowner cooperation and local community involvement and support with regard to 24 blanket bog SACs;
- management for conservation of certain areas of active blanket bogs through strategic purchase management actions and/or compensation payments;
- water levels raised on the identified restoration areas;
- planted, naturally regenerating and invasive trees and shrubs removed from selected areas;
- improved fire prevention and management;
- limited areas fenced and inappropriate fencing removed;
- significant financial injection and employment opportunities made available to rural communities; and
- EU added value provided in demonstrating how to implement policies requiring engagement with rural-dwelling citizens.
Bogs and Mires, High Nature Value farmland, Carbon sequestration.
Cultural heritage, natural heritage, conflict of interests, restoration measure, carbon sequestration.
Target EU Legislation
Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992).
Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979).
COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020” (03.05.2011).
Target Habitat types
7130 Blanket bogs ( * if active bog)
Wild Atlantic Nature