Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This report, prepared by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism was written at a time of great change in the agricultural sector. A mid-term review of the CAP was underway and Ireland's REPS was also being fully reviewed.

The report examined in particular the impact of agriculture on aspects of our natural heritage. It expresses the positive view that certain types of agricultural activity should be more valued because of their tremendous contribution to maintaining diversity within the nation's natural heritage. 

The report goes on to point out that in many instances it is these very activities and the habitats they maintain which are threatened by competition from other land uses.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): D.Gwyn, L. Jones, Eric Bignal, Liam Lysaght, David Baldock and Jim Phelan
Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Water Framework Directive came into force on 22 December 2002 and covers water resources throughout the EU. It addresses all water, from groundwater to coastal areas of sea water, and gives us a framework for

dealing with both water quality and water quantity.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Irish Water

Irish Water

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This document outlines the threats to Irish water quality - in our rivers, lakes, seas. It suggests ways that we can better manage our water and outlines the aims of the Water Framework Directive (2002).

The Water Framework Directive came into force on 22 December 2002 and covers water resources throughout the EU. It addresses all water, from groundwater to coastal areas of sea water, and gives us a framework for dealing with both water quality and water quantity.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Kilkenny City Wals Conservation Plan

Kilkenny City Wals Conservation Plan

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

On behalf of Kilkenny Borough Council, Dúchas and An Taisce, Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by The Heritage Council to produce a conservation plan for the City Walls of Kilkenny. 

It is anticipated that the Conservation Plan will be of use for: 

• Improving local understanding of the walls and their significance
• Promotion of the recognition and protection of the walls
• Encouragement of management schemes for effective maintenance
• Guidance for repairs and conservation
• Protection of the setting from adjacent developments
• Improving access to the walls.

In addition, the Conservation Plan will consolidate the extensive documentation relating to the City Walls found in local records, historical mapping and national documents. The data can then be disseminated in a manageable form, from which the policies for protection and preservation can be developed.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Oxford Archaeology
Policy Framework for the Museum Sector

Policy Framework for the Museum Sector

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

This document presents a policy framework to facilitate the development of the museum sector in Ireland, based on the parallel development of the Standards and Accreditation Scheme and the Training Strategy.

The Museums Standards Programme for Ireland was established subsequent to the publication of this paper.

This programme, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice. A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum - from national institutions to small, volunteer-led organisations.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The recommendations contained in this policy paper set out how a National Biological Records Centre could be established, and identifies the resources needed.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre was established subsequent to the publication of this paper. The centre ensures that the existing information is managed effectively, it makes information more readily available to all interested parties, and stimulates interest in Ireland’s rich natural heritage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Human Remains in Irish Archaeology

Human Remains in Irish Archaeology

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This publication sets out the main issues - scientific, legal and ethical - involved in the excavation and treatment of ancient human remains and arrives at some conclusions about best practice in this aspect of Irish archaeology.

Ancient human remains merit special consideration as archaeological objects for a number of reasons. Not least of all is their emotive power, offering startling and immediate contact with the dead and a powerful reminder of the inescapable fate of the living. To archaeological specialists they constitute a valuable historical and scientific resource, inscribed with evidence of the working life, living conditions, diet, traumas and diseases of past generations. To developers and planners ancient human remains bring added complexity to projects impacting upon the archaeological heritage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Jerry O'Sullivan and Jim Killgore
Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This guidance document is intended to assist Local Authorities in the preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan and to provide background information on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

The preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan is part of an overall process that the government initiated to address heritage concerns and to fulfill international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Local Biodiversity Action Plans are required under the National Biodiversity Plan which was adopted by Government in 2002. These guidelines were prepared by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in co-operation with the Heritage Council.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Bere Island Conservation Plan

Bere Island Conservation Plan

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

This Conservation Plan  for  Bere Island  addresses  both  heritage  conservation  and  the sustainable development of the island, taking into account the environmental, social and economic aspects of future

developments.

The Plan was developed by  the  Bere  Island  Community  with  assistance  from  a  consortium  of  specialist consultants and co-funded by Cork County Council and the Heritage Council. It is  not  an  economic  development  plan  for  the  island  but  a  framework  within which any subsequent development plan should operate.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Financial Support for Architectural Conservation in Ireland

Financial Support for Architectural Conservation in Ireland

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

Having observed the difficulties experienced by owners and funding bodies, and at times the apparent anomalies which exist with regard to funding architectural conservation, the Heritage Council commissioned thisresearch on the various methods of support and their effectiveness in providing access to funding and achieving high standards of conservation.

Based on the findings of this research, a number of recommendations have emerged, which if implemented would, in the Council’s opinion, provide greater efficiency and quality as well as cost-effective support for our architectural heritage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council