Biodiversity is all life on earth and supports all life on earth; as humans we depend on biodiversity for clean air and water, healthy soils, food, building materials, and medicines.
Because of this, the conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage is an integral part of good environmental management and essential to continued survival of human beings on Earth. This is recognized by a number of international groups such as the United Nations, the European Union and at home by the Irish Government.
It is important that we all do our best to try to conserve biodiversity and give it a helping hand where we can. This is Bord na Móna’s outlook and we continually invest in biodiversity as part of our day to day work across the various businesses.
Bord na Móna undertakes its activities cognisant of the natural environment and manages all of its peat production bogs according to best practice under Integrated Pollution Prevention Control Licenses issued and regulated by the EPA. Once peat production ceases (currently active on up to 65,000ha of bog) the former peat production areas are termed cutaway bog. It is the cutaway bogs that will largely dominate the Bord na Móna bogs into the future as peat production is phased out and, as part of rehabilitation of those cutaway bogs under the watchful eye of the EPA, new landscapes will emerge over time to complement the existing natural peatland habitat networks.
As industrial peat production is phased out, we continue to plan now for the future. A sound knowledge base is necessary in identifying the key areas that will have to be developed for biodiversity and other commercial developments to allow for wise planning of the Bord na Móna bogs into the future.