ASCENT, an innovative project to collectively address the environmental challenges facing seven northern European upland areas, was a three year project and involved Donegal County Council as lead partner, working collaboratively with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and the Mourne Heritage Trust in Northern Ireland, Metsähallitus Park and Wildlife in Finland, Hordaland County Council in Norway, and the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland along with associated partners including Údarás na Gaeltachta, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Mossfellsbær Municipality and Skaftárhreppur.
Unregulated access to upland sites and natural erosion meant that some areas of natural beauty had experienced degradation, loss of unique bio-diversity and bio-resources. In response, the ASCENT project, an acronym for ‘Apply Skills and Conserve our Environment with New Tools’ set out to develop management plans and implement innovative measures that address future economic and environmental sustainability
The total budget for this project in Newry, Mourne and Down was €311,000.
Visitors from the North to Gullion and Mourne
Newry, Mourne and Down set to host international ASCENT Partners
Welcome to the Spring edition of ASCENT’s digital newsletter!
Passing on our learning
South to North summit trail moves a step closer
Beginning our ASCENT