An organisation has been appointed to carry out research on the long-term future of the Mourne Mountains.
The Department of Finance has appointed The James Hutton Institute from Scotland to carry out the work over the next three months.
They plan to host sessions to gather information from various groups who live or work on the mountains.
The research will focus on proposals to protect and enhance the area.
“Everyone recognises that it is a unique asset here in Ireland and it needs to be protected,” said Finance Minister Conor Murphy.
“But also there’s a community who lives here, there’s a community that farms here, there’s a community that does business here. And we need all of those various aspects together to develop a plan which everyone agrees on which is in the best interests of this beautiful area”.
The researchers will work with the department’s innovation lab.