Planning sought for 780ac of solar farms in Mayo, Carlow, Kildare and Louth
Stephen Robb
There has been no shortage of planning applications for new solar farm projects around the country, as the country strives to reach 8GW of solar by 2030.
FarmPEAT: the farmed peat pilot scheme
A pilot project operating in the midlands gives an insight into some of the measures farmers on peat soils could deploy for carbon farming income.
EU Nature Restoration Law finalised amid controversy
After months of uncertainty on the future of the law, EU environment ministers voted to approve it this week at a meeting in Luxembourg.
Almost 20% of farmers would look at rewetting their farms
Sheep farmers reported to be the most open to rewetting their farmland, while dairy farmers appear the most reluctant of any sector.
5 June 2024 News
Removal of farmland from production tops rewetting concerns
While many farmers surveyed who expressed views against rewetting were completely opposed to the measure, some found it acceptable if only rolled out on marginal farmland or on State lands.
€600,000 announced for community-led peatland projects
Funding announced by Minister Malcolm Noonan under the Peatlands and Natura Community Engagement Scheme 2024 offers grants of up to €40,000 for Natura 2000-designated sites.
22 May 2024 News
Farmland to escape rewetting firing line
Farmers will not have to rewet any land to meet immediate climate targets.
EPA slashes emissions estimate for grasslands
The move came after scientific studies published last year found emissions from peat grasslands to be significantly overestimated.
NI forestry targets are a 'huge challenge'
Annual rates of afforestation will have to ramp up considerably if future targets are to be met
20 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Nature Restoration Law: your questions answered
Since the passing of the EU Nature Restoration Law, farmers have asked what they will be asked to do, when they will be asked to do it and what funding is on offer.
New €34m biodiversity project will use farm scheme data
The new LIFE Strategic Nature Project will create a bespoke database to underpin biodiversity decision-making in Ireland.
6 March 2024 News
Rewetting in the hands of Government, Commissioner Sinkevicius confirms
In a letter sent to MEP Billy Kelleher, Commissioner Sinkevicius said how the Nature Restoration Law is applied in each country is up to individual member states.
5 March 2024 News