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Biodiversity Networks

Bord na Móna’s Ecology Team is working to promote best practice in peatland management by working nationally and internationally with other experts, facilitating workshops and sharing knowledge

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC) brings together a diverse range of organisations and individuals from academic, public, private and NGO sectors who are interested in the development and application of the natural capital agenda in Ireland.

The IFNC emerged through the work of the Natural Capital Committee, a voluntary group that came together to organise Ireland’s Hidden Wealth – the first national conference on natural capital, held at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, in April 2014.

The IFNC vision is “for an Ireland in which natural capital and ecosystem goods and services are valued, protected and restored”.

The IFNC mission is, “through the collaboration and leadership of our diverse members, to help to value, protect and restore Ireland’s natural capital and ecosystem services. We will do this by supporting the adoption of natural capital concepts in public policy and corporate strategy, promoting informed public and private sector decision-making and assisting in the establishment of a national natural capital accounting standard”.

Bord na Móna is one of the founding members of the Natural Capital movement in Ireland and sits on the steering committee of the IFNC. The key actions relating to Natural Capital listed in the Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021 are:

  • Develop a natural capital accounting system for Bord na Móna – to be based on the protocol currently being developed by the Natural Capital Coalition
  • Develop a map of the ecosystem goods and services of Bord na Móna lands
  • Continue to work as part of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital steering committee

Bord na Mona recently took part in the IFNC conference held in October 2016 in the National Concert Hall, titled ‘Making Nature Count’.  Gerry Ryan, head of Land and Property, took part in the closing panel, discussing ‘The next steps for Ireland,’ at the end of the conference. View the schedule for the ‘Making Nature Count’ conference.

Visit the Natural Capital Ireland website

Visit the Natural Capital Coalition website

1288_(BLUE2616)The Irish Peatland Society

The Irish Peatland Society  was founded in 2005 at a meeting of interested parties representing all aspects of peatland management. The Irish Peatland Society is the National Committee of the global IPS organisation (see below). In October 2006 it organised a major seminar on Peatland Utilisation and Research in Ireland (edited by Bord na Móna Senior Ecologist Dr Catherine Farrell) and published the proceedings in a volume of essays under the same title.

The Society was responsible for organising the 13th International Peat Congress in Tullamore in 2008 acting as the Irish National Committee of the International Peat Society. It brings together Government bodies, academic institutions, NGOs and forest, peat and energy companies. Since the successful international meeting in 2008 the Irish Peat Society has organised annual events to bring peatland managers together.

Each event consists of field trips followed by a related seminar with a strong emphasis on societal, community and cultural aspects at each meeting point. To date this has included trips to Belfast and Northern Ireland in 2009, Abbeyleix in 2010, Clara Bog in 2011, the Western blanket bogs in 2012, Kerry lowland and upland bogs in 2013, the Slieve Bloom mountains in 2014 and back to Tullamore in 2015 for the organisation of the International Peatland Society Annual Assembly. The Bord na Móna Ecology Team play a significant role in the organisation of these events.

Bord na Mona recently hosted the Irish Peat Society at Lullymore wetlands, during a field trip as part of the 2016 IPS meeting on fens. The fieldtrip visited the emerging Cladium fen found at Lullymore wetlands.

The International Peatland Society

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Drain blocking measures on high bog on Lullymore field trip. Talk led by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)

The International Peatland Society (IPS) is an organisation of corporate and individual members dedicated to the responsible management and Wise Use of peatlands and peat. The IPS was constituted in 1968 in Quebec, Canada. Today, the IPS is registered in Finland where the IPS Secretariat also is located. Currently the IPS has 1462 individual, corporate, student and institutional members from 43 countries.

The mission of the IPS is to bring people and organisations together to foster the advancement, exchange and communication of scientific, technical and social knowledge and understanding for the wise use of peatlands and peat.

To achieve its goals, the IPS, via its Commissions and National Committees regularly organises conferences, symposia and workshops, publishes research results from science and industry and serves in general as a forum to bring together experts from different fields of business, science, culture and regulatory bodies dealing with peat and peatlands.

 

Commission V

There are ten Commissions in the IPS. Dr Catherine Farrell of Bord na Móna is Chair of Commission V: Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of peatlands. As part of the role, Catherine attends international meetings and conferences, participates in the development of international peatland policy and co-ordinates workshops and symposia to demonstrate practical restoration and after-use of peatlands that have been utilised. These include workshops in Belfast (2009), Jyväskylä, Finland (2010), Québec, Canada (2011), Stockholm, Sweden (2012), and Holland (2013). Recently Catherine organised a session on Bog Restoration and Sphagnum farming at the IPS Annual Assembly in Riga, Latvia (2014).

The International Peat Congress will be held in Kuching, Malaysia in 2016. This follows the very successful Annual Assembly of the IPS that was co-ordinated by the Irish Peatland Society and held in Tullamore in 2014. There will be a strong focus on peatland restoration especially in Tropical regions co-ordinated by Catherine.

The Ecology Team are also active members of the following professional international networks:

The Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers

The Society of Ecological Restoration