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Integrating ecosystem services into regional and local policies : the case of the River Blackwater estuary in Ireland.

Doran, D. (2020) Integrating ecosystem services into regional and local policies : the case of the River Blackwater estuary in Ireland.

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Abstract:This thesis outlines a method to allow for the incorporation of ecosystem services (ESs) into policy applied to the case of the River Blackwater Estuary, Co. Cork. The concept of ESs have become mainstreamed into many countries policies worldwide. However, it has only recently become integrated into the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy by the Southern Regional Assembly and has yet to be recognised on a local scale. This thesis aims to make local policy recommendations which lead to the enhanced delivery of the ESs which are found in the area. This is achieved by (1) identifying what ESs exist in the Blackwater estuary, and three proposed development sites (PDS). (2) examining the good practices (GPs) and the relevant policy documents in the locality to determine how they currently relate to ESs. (3) Using theories from academic literaure related decision making and policy arrangements. The primary data source on the ESs supplied to the area was acquired through a site visit, through local reports on identified good practices, policy documentation from regional, county, and local scales and information gathered from the interview and surveys that were conducted. Cork County Council acted as the sole key-actor, with the other actors being the RSG and the public. An analysis of survey and interview data formed what is referred to as stakeholder prioritisation. Confronting stakeholder prioritisation with the identified policy opportunities then lead to the recommendation to include “Ecosystem services” as a core concept in the Cork County Development Plan 2022; and of the PDS, the Claycastle site was chosen to be the area in which development should first take place based on its potential to develop ESs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/83375
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