Connecting Communities with Peatlands is coming to your county

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 26 October 2021
in group PPN Community
Event date 6 Nov 09:30 - 18 Nov 09:00
Event location Midlands

Connecting Communities with Peatlands is coming to your county

These workshops will help community groups to assess their own training needs to engage with their local peatland

About this event

Connecting Communities with Peatlands is coming to your county. One aim of the project is to provide capacity-building training to community groups engaging with peatlands in the Midlands. In order for communities to get the most benefit from trainings, we are hosting self-assessment workshops in each of the Just Transition Midlands counties.

This day-long workshop aims to support your group to assess its own training needs to begin, or continue, to engage with peatlands. Please note that there are multiple locations for these workshops.

We encourage groups to register at least two representatives from their group to participate in this workshop.

Date, time and place

  • Saturday 6th November, 9.30am-4pm: Bog of Allen Nature Reserve, Lullymore, Co. Kildare
  • Sunday 7th November, 9.30am-4pm: Rathowen Community Centre, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath
  • Saturday 13th November, 9.30am-4pm: Bloom HQ, Mountrath, Co. Laois
  • Sunday 14th November, 9.30am-4pm: Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Clara, Co. Offaly
  • Saturday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm: St. Mary's Parish Hall, Lanesboro, Co. Longford
  • Sunday 21st November, 9.30am-4pm: Gorthaganny Community Centre, Gorthaganny, Co. Roscommon
  • Saturday 27th November, 9.30am-4pm: St. Kieran's Hall, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
  • Sunday 28th November, 9.30am-4pm: Parish Hall, Williamstown, Co. Galway

If you are unavailable to attend on the day assigned to your county, you can register for a workshop date that suits you.

About Connecting Communities with Peatlands

The project is coordinated by the Community Wetlands Forum and Irish Rural Link, with funding from the National Just Transition Fund. The priority of the project is to provide community transitioning supports to community-led groups in the Wider Midlands region, which includes counties Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Roscommon, North Tipperary, and East Galway. The project aims to support community engagement with peatlands by providing capacity-building training, empowering communities to manage their own resources, providing a networking platform for community-led groups to share knowledge, skills, and best practice, and supporting the protection and wise use of wetlands and peatlands.

A Just Transition refers to the ‘transition’ or changes that a community experiences when climate action policies impact the community’s economic and social activities. Communities in the Midlands have been impacted by the closure of peat harvesting plants and the move away from extracting and burning peat for energy to establish renewable energy sources and rehabilitate peatlands for the storage of carbon, in line with National and EU climate action policies. This kind of transition can be very difficult for communities if the process does not include them.

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