Consultation

Draft National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan (January 2014)

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has published the Draft National Raised Bog Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Management Plan to provide clarity to all parties regarding how SAC raised bogs will be managed and restored into the future. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and a Natura Impact Statement have also been published to identify and mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts associated with implementation of the Plan.

The closing date for comments is Friday 18 April 2014.

Draft National Peatlands Strategy and Review of NHA Raised Bogs (January 2014)

The Department is also currently consulting on the Draft National Peatlands Strategy and on a review of raised bog Natural Heritage Area (NHA) sites.

The closing date for comments is Friday 18 April 2014.

2nd October 2013

Thank you to all who submitted comments in relation to the proposed National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan and SEA Scoping document. The consultation period is now closed. Your submissions will be taken on board during the development of the Plan and another consultation period will be held upon publication of the draft Plan.

Scope of National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan (2 September 2013 – 1 October 2013)

Your comments are invited in relation to the scope of the National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan.

A draft of the National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan will be published in late 2013. The purpose of the Plan is to provide an opportunity to set out Ireland’s strategic approach to the conservation and restoration of its raised bog SACs and give clarity and confidence to all parties in regard to how Ireland will protect these sites and meet its obligations relating to the protection of these sites.  

We want to take stakeholders views and opinions on board during the development of the Plan, thereby giving stakeholders the opportunity to influence the contents of the Plan. To that end, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report has been developed. This report outlines the level of detail of the information that will be contained within the National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan, as well as the range of environmental issues that will be taken into consideration during the development of the Plan.

The closing date for comments on the Scoping document, or the Plan, is 1 October 2013.

Summary of Consultation Phases of the Raised Bog Conservation Study

One of the main objectives of the Raised Bog Conservation Study is to engage with key stakeholders to ensure that their issues and concerns are taken on board during the planning process.   

There will be several opportunities for stakeholders to engage with the Raised Bog Conservation Study.

  • Phase 1 – March 2013 until November 2013

This phase will culminate in the development of the Draft National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan. This phase includes non-statutory consultation with stakeholders and the public.

  • Phase 2 – November 2013 to March 2014

This phase will culminate in the development of the Final National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan. This phase is characterised by formal statutory consultation with stakeholders and the public. This period of consultation will be announced in the national media and stakeholders will be contacted directly and asked to provide their input.

  • Phase 3 – March 2014 to March 2015

This phase will culminate in the development of site-specific plans for each of the SAC bogs. During this phase, the study will set up meetings with individual bog committees.

Study newsletters will be developed periodically to keep stakeholders up-to-date with study activities. if you would like to receive the newsletters, please register your interest on the contacts page of this website. You can contact the study at any time using the contact details provided on the contacts page.