Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in Ireland and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- The terrestrial Natura 2000 network covers 13% of the total area of Ireland.
- Ireland hosts at least 10% of the world’s total blanket bogs (a particular form of peatland).
- Irish marine waters are amongst Europe’s richest for cetaceans. Ireland’s aquatic systems and wetlands support internationally significant populations of threatened species, such as the Atlantic salmon, white-clawed crayfish, freshwater pearl mussel, and marsh fritillary butterfly.
- In the Burren National Park, the benefits derived from the protection of the orchid grasslands have been estimated to be EUR 12.9 million per year.