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3rd Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour

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After two successful previous editions of the Natural Climate Buffer Study Tours in the Netherlands in 2018 and Scotland in 2019, we are happy to announce that a third edition is planned for 27-29 September 2021, kindly hosted by the Community Wetland Forum in Ireland with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the EPA. (Disclaimer: subject to Covid restrictions).

The Community Wetland Forum, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and Eurosite are pleased to organise a climate buffers study tour for site managers, project managers, nature conservation ecologists and policy makers, as well as government officials and landscape engineers. The study tour is an initiative of the Eurosite Wetlands and Climate Change working group and will be looking at nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation that are taking place in Ireland.

The tour includes visits to locations across Ireland where objectives for climate adaptation, nature conservation, water resource management and sustainable development are being jointly realised. Participants will learn about the practical techniques that have been deployed in a variety of locations including peatland and wetland environments.

Areas to be visited include the Cabragh wetland and Scohaboy bog, Clara bog, and Abbeyleix bog. On the third day a workshop will take place, aiming to:

  • Improve understanding of multi-stakeholder restoration in Ireland;
  • Discuss lessons learned by Irish participants from other similar sites in NW Europe;
  • Discuss lessons learned by EU visitors;
  • Develop a message to be delivered to COP26 on peatland conservation/restoration and value.

The event is open to members and non-members.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before you register.

Background

Natural Climate Buffers are areas where natural processes are given space. As a result, they evolve with climate change, adapt to it and can play a vital role in retaining and collecting water (thus preventing the floods or water shortages), tempering heat and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Healthy peatlands can function as Natural Climate Buffers, and are one of the most important habitats in Ireland, for carbon, climate and people; a fact which is increasingly recognised through investment, community action and political support. Ireland now hosts a vibrant peatland restoration network, across LIFE funding streams, the investment of carbon tax revenues and direct government support. Aside from the unique biodiversity this protects, these efforts are promoting a ‘Just Transition’ from peat harvesting, whilst ensuring that community dividends accrue, whether in the form of boardwalks, diversified employment, or mitigation of the long-term effects of climate change.

The Study Tour will gather conservation practitioners from across Europe, presenting how these natural climate buffers help mitigate climate change. As part of this, we will showcase the strides being taken by Ireland in peatland restoration at four key natural climate buffer sites; Clara Bog, Scohaboy Bog, Cabragh Wetlands and Abbeyleix Bog.

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