Irish Peatland Conservation Council
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC; Irish: Comhairle Chaomhnaithe Phortaigh na hÉireann) is a national charitable organisation established in 1982 to conserve and protect a representative sample of Irish bogs, and to campaign on bog-related issues.
Having been for many years in Dublin city centre, the Council's headquarters are currently located at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre was acquired by IPCC in 2003 and since then work has been ongoing to develop an internationally recognised centre for peatland conservation, education and research.
The Friend of the Bog scheme is one means by which members of the public can become involved in and help the Save the Bogs Campaign. Other fundraising methods include special appeals, sale of symbolic share certificates in Irish bogs, a Save the Bogs card and gift catalogue, raffles, open days and sales of work, visits to the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.
IPCC's conservation aims and objectives are set out in a series of Action Plans, the most recent being Bogs and Fens of Ireland Conservation Plan 2005. An account of the first fifteen years of the Save the Bogs Campaign is contained in Save the Bogs Story, with all IPCC publications orderable through the charity's website . IPCC also produces a twice-yearly campaign newsletter Peatland News which goes out to Friends of the Bog.
The IPCC is a registered charity, It is not state-funded and so relies on public support to ensure its independence and influence. The IPCC is a member of the Irish Environmental Network, a network of Ireland's environmental NGOs.
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