This feature layer represents percentage mountain area covered by protected sites at Administrative County level. The layer has been developed as a proxy to represent SDG 15.4.1 'Coverage by protected areas of important sites for mountain biodiversity' for Ireland. The layer was created using protected areas data produced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (i.e. Special Areas of Conservation (2018), Special Protection Areas (2017), Natural Heritage Sites (2018)), more info, and Administrative County boundary data produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi).In 2015 UN countries adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to help achieve the goals set out in the agenda by 2030. Governments are committed to establishing national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals and to review progress using accessible quality data. With these goals in mind the CSO and OSi are working together to link geography and statistics to produce indicators that help communicate and monitor Ireland’s performance in relation to achieving the 17 sustainable development goals.The indicator displayed supports the efforts to achieve goal number 15 which aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.