Peatlands and the Project Explained

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What is the Climate Action Plan and how is the project relevant to it?

Climate disruption is already having diverse and wide ranging impacts on Ireland’s environment, society, economy and natural resources. The Climate Action Plan sets out an ambitious course of action over the coming years to address this issue.

Ireland's first Climate Action Plan was developed in 2019. It set out 183 actions committed to achieving a net zero carbon energy systems objective for Irish society and in the process, create a resilient, vibrant and sustainable country.

In addition to directly restoring peatlands, Peatlands and People aims to build cohesive evidence-based resolutions whilst ensuring that our communities embrace the just transition, and can deliver on the long-term implementation of the full Climate Action Plan.

Peatlands and People will directly respond to:

  • Finding a solution for monitoring and measuring carbon abatement.
  • Restoring and rehabilitating peatlands.
  • Leveraging and mobilising regional and national business - clusters and innovation potential - surrounding climate action, low-carbon economies and the bioeconomy.
  • Leading by example in terms of green procurement and climate action.
  • Educate stakeholders on the importance of a just transition, climate action, low carbon economies and the bioeconomy.

The project is committed to supporting the long-term implementation of the full 2019 Climate Action Plan by:

  • Stimulating action relating to the decarbonisation strategy across many sectors.
  • Influencing best practices in climate action and land use across Ireland.
  • Building capacity and understanding in landowners, farmers and foresters.
  • Supporting mandate bodies in achieving a just transition in the midlands.

An updated version of the Plan was published in 2021, 2023 and 2024. LIFE Peatlands and People is working to align its activities and targets with each update of the Plan.

View the full Climate Action Plan 2024.

See the Annex of Actions which includes only the new and high impact actions of the Climate Action Plan 2024.