HNVS is responsible for the administration of the Burren Programme, an agri-environment scheme that promotes conservation of the region’s heritage, environment and communities.
The Irish Uplands Forum (IUF) is a voluntary body established in 1995, to assist upland communities to face the many economic, social and environmental challenges arising in the upland districts of Ireland.
The primary focus of IUF is the pursuit of a partnership approach to the sustainable management of upland areas and to support upland community groups to address local challenges.
IUF activities include organising and conducting upland community network events, commissioning and publishing research reports and engagement with state and other NGO bodies and in making submissions relating to uplands and communicating with upland communities.
Heritage Council published “A Profile of Ireland’s Uplands - an all-island study highlighting their strategic importance”. The study was based on 2016 Census and recent farm studies in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
What work the Heritage Council is funding:
A major focus for the IUF from 2020 to 2028 is to support effective community engagement by NPWs and its partners in the EU LIFE Integrated Projects 2018 – C1d/37 (Wild Atlantic Life).
The IUF will use Heritage Council funding to prioritise actions relating to local engagement with communities based along the western seaboard who are connected to designated habitat of blanket bog in the Natura 2000 network.