Partners, Support & Direction

The Living Bog is a partnership project between the EU LIFE Programme and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Overall, the project is being managed – and the project actions are being implemented – by a five-person Project Team based in Mullingar, in the heart of the Irish midlands. The Project Team are under the direction of a larger Project Steering Group, representing DAHRRGA, local communities and other stakeholders. For list of members, see below. Additional expert advice on implementing the project actions is available through the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is the Coordinating Beneficiary on the project and provides the legislative and policy framework for the conservation of nature and biodiversity in Ireland, and oversees its implementation.

The Department will:
• Coordinate delivery of the Living Bog contract and support the technical and administrative processes;
• To secure the conservation of a representative range of ecosystems and maintain and enhance populations of flora and fauna in Ireland;
• To designate and manage Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in accordance with the EU Habitats and Birds Directives;
• To designate and advise on the protection of Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) having particular regard to the need to consult with interested parties;
• To make the necessary arrangements for the implementation of National and EU legislation and policies and for the ratification and implementation of the range of international Conventions and Agreements relating to the natural heritage;
• To manage, maintain and develop State-owned National Parks and Nature Reserves;
• To control activities that may harm or threaten habitats or species;
• To develop knowledge by research;
• To survey and monitor habitats and species of conservation value;
• To disseminate information and increase awareness of natural heritage;
• To provide advice on natural heritage and biodiversity to other authorities.

 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has extensive experience in the area of the proposed project, and has also lead or participated in a considerable number of previous LIFE projects, including two previous bog restoration projects undertaken by the Irish Forestry Service, Coillte. (LIFE 04 NAT/IE/000121 and LIFE02 NAT/IRL/8490)

Further information on the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the National Parks and Wildlife Service can be found http://www.ahrrga.gov.ie/ or www.npws.ie

 

Project Steering Group

  1. Brian Lucas (Chair) – Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  2. Suzanne Nally – Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  3. Maurice Eakin – Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  4. Lorcan Scott – Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  5. Catherine O’Connell – Director of Irish Peatlands Conservation Council
  6. TBA – Community Wetlands Forum
  7. Joe Eivers – Turf-Cutter Representative, Clara Bog SAC
  8. Pat Fehilly– Community Group, Ballydangan Bog Restoration Project
  9. Padraic Divilly – representative of the Irish Farmers Association
  10. Fernando Fernandez Valverde – Ecologist, EE Consultants Ltd
  11. Shane Regan – Research Fellow, Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
  12. Francis Mackin – Environmental Scientist,RPS Consulting Engineers Ltd
  13. Mark McCorry– Bord Na Móna
  14. Jim Ryan – Ecologist, Retired from NPWS/DAHRRGA

Stakeholder Advisory Group

– Details coming soon.

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