Irish Uplands Forum

Caring for the Uplands

The Irish Uplands Forum pursues a partnership approach to sustainable management of upland areas and to support upland community groups to address local challenges.


The Irish Upland Forum (IUF) is a voluntary body established in 1995, to assist upland communities to face the many economic, social and environmental challenges arising in the upland districts of Ireland. Its members include farmers, recreational users, ecologists, geographers, tourism and other countryside service providers who represent those who live, work or recreate in the Irish Uplands. 


16th Annual General Meeting of The Irish Uplands Forum CLG

You are hereby notified that the 16th Annual General Meeting of The Irish Uplands Forum CLG will be held by Zoom webinar at 7.30pm, on Tuesday 16th July. Click link to join meeting or paste into your browser:

IUF Winter 2023 E-zine

Latest updates from the Irish Uplands Forum - See details on page 1 about the new Biodiversity sections on this website. An interesting article "Upland in Focus" from John O Callaghan
The Irish Uplands Forum is delighted to exhibit its new Digital Heritage StoryMap of the Knockmealdown Mountains, in association with our local partners, St. Declan’s Way Committee and Knockmealdown Active, funded by the Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Fund 2023. 

Autumn Lecture Series 4 - Opportunities arising from High-Nature-Value (HNV) Farming in Irish Uplands

The Irish Uplands Forum is inviting you to the fourth and final Webinar in our IUF Autumn Lecture Series. Guest Speakers : Dr Gary Goggins - LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature project and Pat O’Shea - Upland Farmer’s Perspective, Castlegregory, Kerry.

Autumn Lecture Series 3 - Challenges for Management of Upland Recreation

The Irish Uplands Forum invites you to view the third webinar in our Autumn Lecture Series. Presented by Helen Lawless - Access & Conservation Officer, Mountaineering Ireland

Autumn Lecture Series 2 - Lessons from the Community Wetlands Forum for partnership-building in the Uplands

The Irish Uplands Forum invites you to view the second webinar in our Autumn Lecture Series. Presented by Micheál Callaghan - Coordinator, Community Wetlands Forum

National Heritage Week: Archaeology of the Irish Uplands

Presented by renowned archaeologist, Michael Gibbons. Irish Uplands Forum hosted a Heritage Week Webinar to celebrate the archaeological heritage of Ireland’s Uplands.


The main objective of IUF is to promote a partnership approach to the sustainable management of upland areas in Ireland north and south.

  • Organise meetings, workshops and study visits to examine issues affecting the uplands
  • Provide practical support to established and start-up local community to support.
  • Sustainable local community management in upland areas.
  • Undertake research on socio-economic and environmental issues affecting biodiversity, landscapes and communities in the uplands.
    Support the Leave No Trace programme to promote responsible use of the outdoor environment.
  • Contribute as an active member of Comhairle na Tuaithe to the implementation of the National Countryside Recreation Strategy
  • Provide a resource centre on sustainable development in upland areas.
  • Network with similar groups outside Ireland which support community based sustainable upland development.



Help Maintain Ireland’s Beauty

The Irish Uplands Forum (IUF) is a voluntary group of people who represent the views of a diverse group of stakeholders who live, work and recreate in Ireland’s upland areas. IUF is dedicated to the pursuit of a partnership approach to sustainable upland management which is centred on local community integration and involvement.


We Need Your Help

The main object of the Irish Uplands Forum is to promote the development of a partnership approach to the sustainable management of Upland areas in Ireland. Its policy is to carry out projects, generally in conjunction with other bodies around the country.

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