Who We Are

Our focus is Ireland’s mountains and the people who live, work and recreate in them

Protecting True Beauty

Our mountains have been with us for millions of years. We believe that everyone has a role in making sure that they are managed sustainably. So whether you can give use some of your time, or a donation IUF will be grateful.

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Securing Irish Upland's Future

Upland biodiversity is unique as it features plants and animals which can tolerate exposure to wind, cold and lots of rain. Farming over thousands of years has played a significant role in shaping this biodiversity.

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Upland Communities

Rural development challenges are greater in upland areas due to isolation, limited emploment opportunities and threats to traditional farming enterprises.

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About Us

The Irish Uplands Forum [IUF] was founded in 1995 after a conference in Galway seeking a partnership towards managing Ireland’s uplands. The purpose of the Forum was, and remains, to improve mutual understanding among users of the uplands, from farmers to recreationalists to commercial users to state bodies.

Our main focus is the bring together all established partnerships around the country, and create new partnerships in areas where they are needed. The IUF and all its partners are didicated to the sustainable development of Ireland’s uplands for the communities who live, work and recreate in them.

Irish Uplands

Our Beginings

Under the leadership of Prof Adrian Phillips of Trinity College Dublin it flourished for a few years, but became quiescent through lack of funding. It came to life again after the Mountaineering Council of Ireland’s Sligo Conference The Creation of Partnership in Ireland’s Upland Regions in 2002, and has been active ever since.

We define the uplands as all land above 300m, plus those areas, such as the Burren and other areas along the western seaboard where upland conditions descend to sea level.

In 2008 the Forum became a Limited Company, governed by a Board of Directors who are elected at the AGM which is held in Spring each year. To view our board member details click here.

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