Conserving Peatland in Northern Ireland - A Statement of Government Policy
Issued by: Environment and Heritage Service (DoE)
This document sets out the Government’s policies for protecting and conserving peatland in Northern Ireland.
Peatland covers 12% of the land area of Northern Ireland, about twice the area that is under woodland and forest.
It is a resource which is of enormous importance to the stability and general well being of our environment, creating distinctive upland and lowland landscapes, conserving biodiversity, and affecting river catchment hydrology.