Project Overview

Connecting Ireland's peatlands, people and policies.

At a glance

Location

Ireland’s midlands

LIFE Budget

€9,894,803

Duration

October 2020 – September 2027

Scale

Improvements across 9,900ha of peatlands in the project (with complementary actions over a larger area)

Why are peatlands important?

Ireland has a high proportion of Europe’s remaining peatlands, including a variety of raised and blanket bogs, fens and heath. Peatlands are wetland ecosystems in which waterlogged conditions prevent plant material from fully decomposing.

Our peatlands have immense value - they combat climate change, protect biodiversity, maintain water quality and provide a space for wellbeing, as well as other important benefits. While the harvesting of peatlands is damaging to the environment, restored and intact bogs store excess carbon dioxide they have removed from the atmosphere.

The restoration of peatlands is therefore considered in Ireland's Climate Action Plan, which sets out actions targeted at tackling climate change while creating a resilient and sustainable country. A LIFE-funded project, Peatlands and People uses peatlands as a theme to support the delivery of climate and carbon benefits, and is listed as a key action in the most recent update of the Climate Action Plan (2021).

Three powerful pillars

Each project pillar will develop and implement activities that contribute towards achieving this vision, working with communities and other stakeholders.

Implementing change

The project actions to prepare, deliver and monitor the three pillars all aim to contribute to the realisation of Ireland's Climate Action Plan. Peatlands and People also has synergies with other EU policies and strategies (e.g. Biodiversity, Habitats). It strongly aligns with the European Green Deal, providing the opportunity to ensure sustainability, biodiversity and circular systems are integrated into Ireland’s policies, industries and societies.