SPU CO19-2023 - Turbary GIS Review Blanket bog SACs 2023 0405_SABB23

This RFT is for a desk study to update GIS data, and a number of related tasks as outlined below, on the scale and impact levels of peat-cutting in blanket bog SACs designated to protect blanket bog and associated habitats, in Ireland. This work will inform regulatory system for peat extraction on blanket bogs in such sites. 1.2 Background and Summary of Requirements Increased knowledge on the rate of loss and damage to rare and threatened habitats and species is reflected in legislation to protect these natural resources in particular the EU Habitats, Birds and EIA Directives and the Wildlife Acts (1976) and Amendments (2000). One of these habitats is blanket bog which, according to the survey of Hammond (1979), once covered an estimated 773,860 ha in Ireland and despite, large scale losses, is still our most extensive peatland habitat. Ireland also has particular responsibility for blanket bog as it holds (along with Scotland, Norway and NW Spain) a significant proportion of the global resource and the largest remaining resource of, Atlantic blanket bog, a hyper-oceanic bog type. Ireland is also now the only EU country with lowland blanket bog habitat. Under the EU Habitats Directive 55 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) have been designated as SAC for the protection of blanket bog.The work entails provision of an update (based on interpretation of recent aerial imagery) of GIS data and site summary reports of 2015 review of blanket bog SACs (Table 1 in RFT) and to apply original review method and update to 5 additional blanket bog SACs (Table 2) and to analyse trends in peat-cutting. A critical review of draft turbary management zoning and overview reports (from earlier review of 10 SACs (Table 4 in RFT) is also required to consider improvements if needed in approach to inform how draft provisional /indicative management zoning should be applied (and to apply this) to remaining SACs (and if needed to update same for those 10 SACs) using imagery review results with key biodiversity data.


05/05/2023 16:00:00

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90710000-7  Environmental management
90711000-4  Environmental impact assessment other than for construction
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90711500-9  Environmental monitoring other than for construction
90712000-1  Environmental planning
90714000-5  Environmental auditing
90714400-9  Activity specific environmental auditing services
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90722000-4  Environmental rehabilitation

Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Custom House
Dublin 1
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Nicola Meneses
http://Dept. Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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Contract Notice (eTenders) 06/04/2023 17:00
Turbary GIS Review Blanket bog SACs 2023 0405_SABB23
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