This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland funded research will develop a framework for characteristing protected oligotrophic (3110 & 3160) lakes under the EU Habitats Directive by a multi-disciplinary research team comprised of researchers from the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC), Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway City and Roden Ecology.

This project aims to

  • Characterise Annex 1 3110 & 3160 oligotrophic lake habitats and their natural variation through physical, chemical and biological assessments
  • Evaluate the environmental conditions necessary to maintain Annex 1 3110 & 3160 lake habitats in favourable conservation status
  • Assess monitoring methods and assessment tools to ensure compliance with EU Directives
  • Recommend a conservation assessment framework
  • Propose measures needed to maintain/restore Annex 1 3110 & 3160 lake habitats to favourable conservation status

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This project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2021-2030. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the e Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

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Photos: Lough Bellawaum, Mweelrea mountain, Co. Mayo

Photo credit: Cilian Roden

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