An open call was officially launched today for locally-led rewetting schemes of farmed peatland as part of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Programme. The scheme is focused on drained peatlands in the midlands region and seeks applications that will “target climate action on peatlands under agricultural management”, according to the Department. Successful proposals will be ones that protect the carbon stock and restore the sequestration capacity of the area, maximise biodiversity and water quality protection, and/or strengthen climate resilience at catchment/landscape level. Peatland management can, “play an important part in removing carbon from our environment and assist us in tackling climate change” and is “an important ambition within our programme for Government,” Minister of State Pippa Hackett said of the scheme’s launch. “This call is evidence of that ambition and will provide important learnings for the next Rural Development programme and the management of our peatlands,” Minister Hackett added. The Department’s Rural Development Programme uses the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP) model and all proposals will be evaluated by a committee for relevance to the EIP framework. A final shortlist will be formed and the Department of Agriculture is expected to select one or more projects during 2021 […]

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