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Other relevant projects:

Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme: ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme working with farmers to help improve water quality.

AranLIFE: The sustainable management of the priority terrestrial Habitats Directive Annex 1 habitats of the Aran Islands. 

DuhallowLIFE/SAMOK: Restoration of the Upper River Blackwater SAC for the Freshwater Pearl Mussel, Atlantic Salmon, European Otter and Kingfisher.

Irish Freshwater Sciences Association: Advancing communication, collaboration & knowledge of freshwater sciences in Ireland.

National Biodiversity Data Centre: The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity.

Irish Raised Bog LIFE project: LIFE Irish Raised Bogs – Restoring Active Raised Bog in Ireland’s SAC Network 2016 – 2020. 

LIFE Strzen: The main objective of the LIFE STRŽEN project is to improve the conservation status of the Habitats Directive priority habitat, Turloughs, by restoring the former Stržen riverbed.

Local Authority Waters Programme: Working to protect and restore good water quality. The programme is a shared service working with Local Authorities and state agencies to develop and implement River Basin Management Plans in Ireland, as required under the EU Water Framework Directive. 

National Rural NetworkThe NRN is a membership network for farmers, agricultural advisors, rural communities and others interested in rural development. It provides up-to-date information, case studies, seminars and conferences to maximise the beneficial outcomes of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for rural stakeholders. 

Pearls in Peril: ‘Pearls in Peril’ (PIP) is a UK wide LIFE nature project with 22 partners working together to restore river habitats benefiting freshwater pearl mussel and salmonids (salmon and trout). 

RaptorLIFE: Connecting and Restoring habitats for Hen Harrier, Merlin, Atlantic Salmon and Brook Lamprey in Duhallow, Ireland.

SWAN: The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of twenty-four of Ireland’s leading environmental groups working together to protect Ireland’s waters by participating in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework and other water-related policy in Ireland. 

Triple Lakes LIFE Project: The project’s overall objective is to develop a model for adaptive catchment management for high conservation value aquatic ecosystems that takes into account climate change. 

Wild Ennerdale: Wild Ennerdale is one of the UK’s largest wildland partnerships. 

WISER LIFE: The WISER LIFE demonstrates best practice in resource management to promote sustainable living. 

EIPS (European Innovative Partnerships):

Allow Project – Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments: This project aims to restore the status of a high-status waterbody in an agricultural catchment (River Allow, Duhallow, Co. Cork), through a collaborative locally led farmer-focused approach, with both farmers who have experience of highstatus bespoke conservation measures and those with none.

Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairying Environment (BRIDE): The project aims to design and implement a cost effective, resultsbased approach to conserve, enhance and restore habitats in lowland intensive farmland, and to improve national awareness of the options that are available in an effort to maintain and enhance farmland wildlife on intensively managed farmland without unduly affecting agricultural production.

Biomass to Biochar for Farm Bioeconomy: The project aims to demonstrate the worth of unwanted/ unutilised agricultural biomass (rushes, gorse, bracken, hazel, forest harvest residue) as a valuable resource to produce biochar through a life cycle approach to current farm vegetative control/ management practices, and to also make direct use of this biochar product to sustain an innovative bioeconomy on and off the farm as well as providing further downstream ecosystem services. https://www.biomasstobiochar.ie/

Blackstairs Farming Futures: The project aims to develop a new revenue stream for commonage farmers in the Blackstairs Mountains for the delivery of innovative eco-system services whilst simultaneously improving habitat conditions in the Blackstairs Mountain SAC and adjacent semi-natural habitats (peatlands, heathlands and grasslands)

Caomhnú Arann: The project aims to protect and restore priority habitat on the Aran Islands at lower costs and greater efficiency through the exploration and development of innovative methods of habitat improvement and conservation, and also to keep phosphorus supplementation on the Islands to a minimum.

Cúlra Créafóige – Cultivation Renewal Programme: This project aims to stimulate the vitality and socio-economic renewal of Cloich Cheann Fhaola by supporting and restoring small-scale farming enterprises in the area through upskilling and experimental cultivation activities.

DANÚ Farming Group: The project aims to develop a conventional to biological farming transition programme system for a group of sixteen individuals who have come together to learn about and carry out the basic principles of biological farming, in an effort to produce food, feed and forages of high nutritional quality

Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT): The project aims to enable the adoption of conservation agriculture practices on Irish tillage farms, by providing farmers with the knowledge skills and capacity to achieve effective grass weed control in addition to prioritising farmer to farmer knowledge and innovation exchange.

Farming Rathcroghan Project: This project aims to improve the socio-economic circumstances of farming in Rathcroghan whilst also conserving and enhancing the internationally significant archaeological landscape through the deliverance of interventions which provide co-benefits for a range of services, including biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water quality.

Hen Harrier Project: The project aims to deliver sustainable benefits for biodiversity, upland ecosystems and a vibrant local rural economy by building strong partnerships with farmers who have land designated as Special Protection Areas for breeding Hen Harrier through a practical, results-based approach to farming for conservation

Inishowen Upland Farmers Project: This project aims to improve the economic sustainability of farming High Nature Value (HNV) land in Inishowen through the implementation of a range of innovative measures which also deliver on environmental sustainability by increasing biodiversity, improving water quality and combating climate change.

Maximising Organic Production Systems (MOPS): The project aims to optimize organic horticultural production in Ireland and improve continuity of short supply chains for the national market through the creation of a collaborative cropping system that corresponds to growing retailer demands, in addition to making farms more sustainable through reducing dependency on nutrient imports.

Mulkear EIP: This project aims to deliver a catchment sensitive approach to farming in a catchment ‘At Risk’, by working with farmers to bring about improvements in water quality, riparian management and instream habitat.

North Connemara Locally Led Agri-environmental Scheme: This project aims to ensure the long-term economic viability of hill farming in the Twelve Bens/Maumturks area through the development of sustainable and innovative agricultural management practices to restore, preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this unique Natura 2000 area.

Ovi Data: The project aims to accelerate the rate of genetic gain in the Irish sheep industry through the application of innovative genomic technologies to commercial flock performance recording, and to increase the productivity and profitability of the sector for the benefit of all Irish sheep farmers and associated industries (e.g., processors, abattoirs).

Pearl Mussel Project: The Pearl Mussel Project aims to design and implement a voluntary results-based agri-environmental scheme with farmers that will help protect the endangered freshwater pearl mussel, as well as benefiting the wider environment.

Protecting Farmland Pollinators: This project aims to develop a flexible mechanism that encourages all farmers to make their whole farm more pollinator friendly in a way that is measurable and will not impact on productivity.

Small Biogas Demonstration Programme: This project aims to stimulate the deployment of innovative on-farm small-scale biogas production by providing support and a capital contribution to three demonstration projects. Research will assist in understanding how biogas can drive sustainability improvements at farm level.

Sustainable Agricultural Plan for the MacGillycuddy Reeks: The project aims to improve the sustainability and economic viability of farming in the MacGillycuddy Reeks through the development of practical, achievable actions and innovative solutions to address the issues facing farmers on the Reeks, and to protect the biodiversity of this unique Natura 2000 area.

Sustainable Uplands Agri-environment Scheme (SUAS): The project aims to address the complex agricultural, environmental and socioeconomic challenges associated with the management of commonages and farms in the Wicklow/Dublin uplands through the development of an innovative yet practical, locally-led pilot framework.

The Conservation of Breeding Curlew in Ireland: The project aims to prevent further losses to the Irish Curlew population through the protection and enhancement of known Curlew breeding sites in Ireland, and also to educate and compensate farmers and rural dwellers for creating and managing Curlew habitats.

The Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme: The project aims to contribute to the recovery and long-term retention of the Blue Flag status at Duncannon beach, Co. Wexford, by improving the bacterial quality of the two coastal streams that flow onto the beach.

Supporters of the KerryLIFE project application:

Environmental Protection Agency: The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. They ensure that Ireland’s environment is protected, and they monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.

Heritage Council: The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future.

Inland Fisheries Ireland: Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources. IFI was formed on July 1, 2010 following the amalgamation of the Central Fisheries Board and the seven Regional Fisheries Boards into a single agency. Ireland has over 74,000 kilometres of rivers and streams and 128,000 hectares of lakes all of which fall under the jurisdiction of IFI.

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association: The ICMSA represents all farmers, particularly dairy and livestock farmers, by lobbying at local, national and EU levels. It places special emphasis on preserving the family farm structure and defending the rights and incomes of farm families.

Irish Farmers Association (Kerry Branch): IFA is a highly professional, well-resourced organisation whose record of delivery is the envy of many other representative bodies at home and in Europe. Central to the success and development of IFA is its structure.

Kerry County Council: Kerry County Council is the authority responsible for local government in County Kerry, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment.

Pobal Government Supporting Communities: Pobal is a not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.

Ring of Kerry Quality Lamb Cooperative Society Ltd.: Ring of Kerry Quality Lamb Cooperative Society is a group of over 30 sheep farmers who live around the Ring of Kerry.

Teagasc The Agriculture and Food Development Authority : Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

Woodlands of Ireland: Woodlands of Ireland is a not-for-profit company with charitibale status. The initial shoots of this project were established in 1998 to focus attention on Ireland’s native woodland resource through the developent of a millennium woodland project.