13. Engaging with Local Communities - Fran Igoe

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Engaging with Local Communities, experience to date! Presentation to Catchment Management Network Meeting 24th February 2017 Fran Igoe, Southern Regional Coordinator, Local Authorities Waters and Communities Office Presentation Overview Developing LAWCOs approach to public engagement River Suir PE Pilot Learnings to date Examples of community participation to date What is the role of the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office? 1. Coordination & Support LAs 2. Mobilise Community Participation Participation, not consultation Development of RBMPs Implementation Actions Local water enhancement activities 3. Support to Minister & EPA Approach Awareness raising Public engagement Public participation (enabling) Partnership networking Targeting priority areas where possible But also :- protect existing status Community Participation National organisations Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) Public Participation Network (PPN) NGOs Leader Companies Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGS) Group Water Schemes Rivers Trusts, Friends of etc, etc, etc . Community Participation Local organisations/communities Local Communities Groups Farming interest (Macra, Teagasc, IFA,ICMSA etc) inc Locally Led Fishing (TAFI, NARA, FISTA, local clubs) Heritage + Tourism interests Coastal communities Gaeltacht areas TidyTowns Environmental NGOs e.g., SWAN, Coastwatch, An Taisce, etc. , Birdwatch, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group etc Wildlife groups (IWF, Nature Networks etc) Recreational Groups (Walkers, Kayakers, Canoeing clubs, sailing and boating etc) Building on existing initiatives Looking for collaborations and joined up approaches An Taisce Clean coasts, Blue Flag, Green schools Coastwatch networks and monitoring Farm events, Heritage days Leave no Trace LA Environmental Awareness Officers Community and enterprise Universities and schools events Developing Local Partnerships through doing? Networks representing communities LEADER/FLAGS/other funding opportunities Other potential funding synergies (e.g., SICAP) initiatives Community awareness raising etc Potential to develop larger projects and national strategies (e.g., Ecogym) Water/biodiversityProject examples General Amenity Beach clean River/ coastal walk Amenity area/ picnic area Bird watching Canoe/kayaking Public awareness Leaflet of local information Pride of place/Tidy towns project Schools Citizen science Targeted surveys Restoration/conservation Planting of trees River restoration works Fish passage Invasive species control Silt trapping Could tie in with Programme of measures under the Water Framework Directive List of projects/potential projects Co. Mayo: R. Moy association formed and launched on Wednesday in Mount Flacon Hotel in Ballina going to develop plan for R. Moy Bangor Erris community group looking at project on Owenmore River Community group inquiring about project on Lough Cara GMIT also engaged Co. Kildare R. Ryewater Kildare meth border, community group (with assistance from Kildare LA) doing sampling on river and looking at how they can improve river. Co. Dublin: R. Mayne North Dublin, community activist trying to establish group with a view to establishing a walk along river from airport to coast. Santry / Naniken Rivers Dublin City Co proposing project with assistance of LAWCO, project will be community led Co. Donegal: Cloughaneely Angling Association, North Donegal: sought funding for control of Invasive species along River Corridors Inishown Rivers Trust education and outreach Co. Monaghan: River Blackwater Catchment Trust: control of Invasive species along River Blackwater River riparian vegetation management (fencing and address negative impacts of Tunnelling), River Restoration (habitat restoration and bank stabilisation) on the Mountain Water River. Emy & District Anglers interested in automated flow monitoring and potentially flow control at the heavily modified Emy Lough & a weir rehabilitation, re-establish ecological sustainable flows in the river. Co. Leitrim - Erne Rivers Trusts - a scientific review of the River Erne and how the Salmon numbers could be restored Coast: Coastwatch public meetings animation/training for draft RBD adopt a coastal stream and managed sustainably into the future. List of projects/potential projects Co. Mayo: R. Moy association formed and launched on Wednesday in Mount Flacon Hotel in Ballina going to develop plan for R. Moy Bangor Erris community group looking at project on Owenmore River Community group inquiring about project on Lough Cara GMIT also engaged Co. Kildare R. Ryewater Kildare meth border, community group (with assistance from Kildare LA) doing sampling on river and looking at how they can improve river. Co. Dublin: R. Mayne North Dublin, community activist trying to establish group with a view to establishing a walk along river from airport to coast. Santry / Naniken Rivers Dublin City Co proposing project with assistance of LAWCO, project will be community led Co. Donegal: Cloughaneely Angling Association, North Donegal: sought funding for control of Invasive species along River Corridors Inishown Rivers Trust education and outreach Co. Monaghan: River Blackwater Catchment Trust: control of Invasive species along River Blackwater River riparian vegetation management (fencing and address negative impacts of Tunnelling), River Restoration (habitat restoration and bank stabilisation) on the Mountain Water River. Emy & District Anglers interested in automated flow monitoring and potentially flow control at the heavily modified Emy Lough & a weir rehabilitation, re-establish ecological sustainable flows in the river. Co. Leitrim - Erne Rivers Trusts - a scientific review of the River Erne and how the Salmon numbers could be restored Coast: Coastwatch public meetings animation/training for draft RBD adopt a coastal stream and managed sustainably into the future. River Suir: Pilot project Public engagement R Suir catchment 16 Public meetings 4 Counties (4 LAs) Initially 6 meetings/Tipp (OPW CFRAMs PCDs) Awareness, WFD, LAWCO, -community work -Feedback for RBD -Catchment partnership? What does the Waterford Estuary and your local rivers mean to you in Dunmore East? Haven Hotel, Dunmore East, December 12th 2016 River Suir - European importance Crayfish Salmon Freshwater Pearl Mussel Otter http://duhallowlife.com/node/41http://duhallowlife.com/node/42http://duhallowlife.com/node/46Small coastal streams are important habitat for young sea trout (IFI) New forestry approach for farmers with land along river banks (potential buffer zones- recreational areas) Promotion of practical participation initiatives - how communities and landowners can get involved Clonmel Carrick-on-Suir River Nire Waterford Piltown KIlsheelin R. Nire contributes 28% of Suir trout stock Source: Massa-Gallucci and Mariani (2011) A genetic study of the mixed trout populations of the Boyne and Suir River catchments. Ballymacarbry Golden The River Suir Catchment Thurles Cahir Tipperary town Piltown Carrick-on-Suir Ardfinnan Templemore Holycross Newcastle Clonmel Knocklofty Waterford Ballymacarbury Ballyhack/Arthu Portlaw Duncannon Dunmore East Freshwater Transitional Coasta Joib LA Environment staff also in attendance to lend backup Joint presentation given with Wexford CoCo (Mairead Shore/Brendan Cooney) on priority waterbody (Duncannon) Input from Coastwatch also 18 local Newspaper articles 6 Radio interviews Walking 2% [CATEGORY NAME] [PERCENTAGE] Angl ing 9% Fisheries 4% Heri tage 2% Engineering 1% Tidy towns 4% Farming 4% [CATEGORY NAME] Towards connecting communities in the Suir Catchment 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Losing link with riverLack of surveillance and prosecutionErosion of river banksWater Quality IssuesPollution & flytippingNavigationDecrease in fish stock and biodiversityFloodingNo swimming/lifeguardsEducation & awareness raisingInvasive SpeciesSewageRiver AccessSilt, gravel and vegetationTunnelling and trees in riverGovernance of Rivers - too many AgenciesLack of joined up thinkingMost commonly cited issues raised at River Suir Public Meetings 2016 (n=16) No of meetings issue raised 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Losing link with riverLack of surveillance and prosecutionErosion of river banksWater Quality IssuesPollution & flytippingNavigationDecrease in fish stock and biodiversityFloodingNo swimming/lifeguardsEducation & awareness raisingInvasive SpeciesSewageRiver AccessSilt, gravel and vegetationTunnelling and trees in riverGovernance of Rivers - too many AgenciesLack of joined up thinkingMost commonly cited issues raised at River Suir Public Meetings 2016 (n=16) No of meetings issue raised LAWCO Ardfinnan Paddlers Waterford CoCo Heritage Officer Tipp CoCo Carrick Adminstrator Tipp CoCo Environment Clonmel Canoe Club Clonmel Canoe Club Blueway Dev Officer Tipp CoCo Sports Partnership NPWS Tipp CoCo Inland Fisheries Outside of Picture Tipp CoCo Heritage Officer LAWCO Community participation in biosecurity planning IFI Fisheries Environmental Officer Laune Angler Laune Angler LAWCO LAWCO LAWCO Kerry CoCo Planning Kerry CoCO Biodiversity Officer IFI Assistant inspector IFI Regional Director Working to bridge planning requirements and community aspirations River Laune: - potential hydromorphogical pressure vs environmental benefit a potential model? Source: EPA / Teagasc 2006 indicative soil type map Slide courtesy Katie Tedd River Blackwater catchment River Allow River Funshion River Blackwater Other Catchment Meetings shoots of networks forming? River Allow meeting (7/12/16) River Lee catchment Reps from three catchment were present Communities already providing information on: Invasive species Pollution issues Land management issues Biodiversity information Detailed trout genetic information that may be useful for prioritisation of High Status sites Community activity Practical example 1 Hydromorphological pressure (drainage) OPW R. Suir Consultations River Suir Pilot for OPW Consultations complete- flood management options proposed We notified attendees on deadline (Dec 13th), sent them the draft CFRAMS and how to comment Some proposed options include dredging of river = hydromorphological pressure Not only did we increase their consultations on the PCDs but also online submissions Community submission Fethard Tourism and Business Group Clashawley and Killusty Anglers Fethard Heritage Fethard Commuity Group OPW preferred option = embankment, wall and >1km dredging Clashawley = important Salmon and trout river Above submission identified other options which may reduce/eliminate the need for dredging: 1. Modification on existing road bridge and 2. Replacement of foot bridge Potential: avoid hydromorphological pressure/deterioration River restoration/community amenity Community activity Practical example 2 The Well of Ara Project The bigger picture? 1. Reconnect community with river 2. Tie in with Town and Village Renewal scheme 3. Help underpin efforts to address industrial and urban pollution issues 4. Help support upstream buyin to planned Agri-investigations Location of proposed walk Coop Predominantly farmland https://www.google.ie/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiG-_rX8qnNAhVKL8AKHcgoAPMQjRwIBw&url=https://twitter.com/ercipproject&psig=AFQjCNHhZFzGWNQWH93muauZCr0KPwUNwQ&ust=1466075396095387 Public meeting in Tipperary Town 3 Radio interviews one specific to project Presentation to School Board of Management Update Board in principal in agreement of proposal referring now to board of trustees. https://www.google.ie/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiG-_rX8qnNAhVKL8AKHcgoAPMQjRwIBw&url=https://twitter.com/ercipproject&psig=AFQjCNHhZFzGWNQWH93muauZCr0KPwUNwQ&ust=1466075396095387 Invasive species removal Community activity Practical example 3 Kilkeran Lough/lagoon: Castlefreke Small coastal catchment Atypical in a number of aspects Key stakeholders Farmers Environmentalists Anglers? Rowers Surfers Wider community Conservation importance: NATURA 2000 Features of Interest Coastal lagoons [1150] Embryonic shifting dunes [2110] Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (white dunes) [2120] Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation (grey dunes) [2130 River Kilkeran Lough: Castlefeakle H balsam risk high Small area Vulnerable catchment to colonisation Visit on 4th Aug 16 Removed in 24th Sept 16 Around the country Rivers Trusts seem to be gaining some traction. Other catchment arrangements also evolving. Interest from Agri-food sector Environmental Stewardship Local Authority initiatives: Meath CoCo setting up a catchment management group for the beach at Laytown-Bettystown. Wicklow CoCo developing a ICM pilot catchment project. Dublin City are establishing a WFD office. Wexford CoCo established farmer friendly catchment approach to catchment draining onto Duncannon Beech Communication Strategy Traditional Media Social media EPA media (App) Catchment.ie Conclusion Public interested Water based activities Heritage Economy/tourism Peoples concerns are local River Basin Management Plan People feel there is a lack of joined up thinking in water management in Ireland Making the WFD relevant Public participation key Careful thought into how public can be engaged IF you are going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big! THANK YOU THANK YOU Peoples concerns are local, not national, not regional, we have to assist in delivering the local action and also translating these into programmes, priorities and policy where required. Slide Number 1Presentation OverviewSlide Number 3Slide Number 4Slide Number 5What is the role of the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office?ApproachCommunity ParticipationNational organisationsCommunity ParticipationLocal organisations/communitiesBuilding on existing initiativesDeveloping Local Partnerships through doing?Water/biodiversityProject examplesSlide Number 13Slide Number 14River Suir: Pilot projectWhat does the Waterford Estuary and your local rivers mean to you in Dunmore East?Slide Number 17River Suir - European importanceSmall coastal streams are important habitat for young sea trout (IFI)New forestry approach for farmers with land along river banks (potential buffer zones- recreational areas)Slide Number 21Slide Number 22Slide Number 23Slide Number 24Slide Number 25Slide Number 26Slide Number 27Slide Number 28Slide Number 29Slide Number 30AnglingTowards connecting communities in the Suir CatchmentSlide Number 33Slide Number 34Community participation in biosecurity planningSlide Number 36River Allow catchmentCommunities already providing information on:Community activityPractical example 1OPW R. Suir ConsultationsSlide Number 41The Well of Ara ProjectThe bigger picture?Slide Number 44Slide Number 45Slide Number 46Kilkeran Lough/lagoon:CastlefrekeConservation importance: NATURA 2000Slide Number 49Slide Number 50Slide Number 51Kilkeran Lough:CastlefeakleAround the countrySlide Number 54Slide Number 55Conclusion Slide Number 57Slide Number 58Slide Number 59Slide Number 60