Research into best practice in landscape management in areas of high heritage value

The Heritage Council seeks tenders for a research study into best practice in landscape management in areas of high heritage value.

This research study aims to identify and examine practice in community-based landscape-scale management of heritage rich landscapes, looking at policies and projects in Ireland and overseas, identifying, documenting and analysing lessons learned, challenges faced and opportunities for development. The research will also include a review of case studies demonstrating best practice nationally and internationally.

The research will provide recommendations to the Heritage Council on how best community-based landscape management projects in heritage rich areas can best be supported or developed, in line with Heritage Council strategic objectives, the Land Use Review currently underway, the National Landscape Strategy and other national and international policies.

The definition of landscape used throughout is that used in the European Landscape Convention (Article 1a) “an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.”

In distinguishing between the related concepts of land use, land cover and landscape, the definitions used in the Land Use Evidence Review Phase 1 Synthesis Report, 2023[1] (see Annex A) are helpful. Land cover in this context refers to materials physically present on the Earth’s surface, including vegetation, water and non-living surfaces. Land use refers to activities undertaken at a particular location, and generally implies human intervention. Landscape is a reflection of how land cover, land use and other factors such as geology, elevation etc combine on the Earth’s surface.

Detailed requirements and application details are available via the e-tenders platform

The closing date for submissions via the etenders platform is 24/05/2024.