Clare PPN/Clare Environmental Network Submission to Clare County Development Plan 2022-2028

Clare PPN/ Clare Environmental Network Submission to Clare County Development Plan 2022-2028

Our thanks to all the members of our environmental college and of Clare Environmental Network who participated in our consultation on the new Clare County Development Plan for the years 2022- 2028.  We have a 24 page submission full of great suggestions and expertise thanks to you all. You can read it at the link below:

Clare PPN CEN Environmental Submission for CDP 2022-2028

‘The Vision for County Clare 2022-2028’
A county that values, protects and restores its unique landscape, environment
and biodiversity, where sustainable livelihoods are prioritised for this and future
generations and where citizens, migrants, ethnic minorities and people of all
abilities, age groups and genders are able to reach their potential in an
atmosphere of support, respect and inclusion, and where Local Government is
open, transparent, accountable and committed to reducing poverty and
marginalisation within the County. Our vision is for a County to be part of and a
County to be proud of

 

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 4th July 2020

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 4th July 2020

Oonagh O’Dwyer

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
No

Main topics discussed at the meeting:
A meeting was scheduled online to discuss how to score the 2nd tranche of funding applications, as a physical meeting was not advisable due to lockdown.

List any decisions made at the meeting:
The online meeting with the technical and investment committee went through how to fill in and score the 5 page scoring sheets for each project for the next tranche of projects, this was envisaged to be very time consuming and we were given 3 weeks to score and return sheets.

Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 11th February 2020

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 11th February 2020

Oonagh O’Dwyer

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
No

Main topics discussed at the meeting:
project approval of 21 funding applications.

List any decisions made at the meeting:
project approval of 21 funding applications.

Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 31st January 2020

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 31st January 2020

Oonagh O’Dwyer

Oonagh O'Dwyer

 

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
No

Main topics discussed at the meeting:
Procedure as regards confirming expenditure of grant applicant and receipt of payment by 3rd party service providers./ Board Composition; vacancies and co-option. Project approval.

List any decisions made at the meeting:
Minutes of last meeting approved, discussed 20 new projects for funding which now need to be scored by the technical and investment committee.

Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 12th December 2019

Report from Fisheries Local Action Group West – 12th December 2019

Oonagh O’Dwyer

Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?
No

Main topics discussed at the meeting:
Máirtín Ó Tuairisg was introduced to the committee as the replacement of West Regional Development Officer. Two positions were vacant on the Flag West Board. 1. South Connamara 2. Galway PPN. There was a conservation that the uptake of fishing as a working lifestyle by young people was very little.It was predicted that 10 years from now many of the under 12m vessels that are now fishing will be gone! Other members stated that this was not isolated to one area of the country. This led to the question how can FLAG benefit the inshore fishermen/sector directly? There was a consensus within the board that there was a lack/gap in the sector as regards providing an internationally recognised certification, for example Deck Hand. The international Convention on Standards of Training, Certification. and watch keeping for Seafarers or STCW was suggested.It was added that when the off-shore wind energy sector escalates in Irish waters Irish Seafarers will not be qualified to operate on the service vessels.

List any decisions made at the meeting:
Eoin Nee manager of Comharchumann Sliogéisc Chonamara Teo was recommended,seconded and Chair to write to Eoin Nee. Chairman has contacted Galway PPN and received response, at the time no-one had been nominated.To follow up. Chairman and rep from Bim to establish a group to discuss the possibilities and types of certification required for Irish seafarers to be able to service vessels in the wind energy sector in the future.

Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?
No

Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework

Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework

Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Damien English have published the Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for public consultation.

The Draft NMPF is Ireland’s first marine planning framework and it applies to a broad range of marine activities including aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, sea fisheries and tourism. It provides a long-term framework for effective management of marine activities and more sustainable use of our marine resources. It is intended to enable Government to set a clear direction for managing our seas, clarify objectives and priorities, and direct decision makers, users and stakeholders towards more strategic, plan-led and efficient use of marine resources.

 

The NMPF will inform decisions about current and future development of the maritime area, aiming to integrate various sectoral needs within the three overarching pillars of forward planning (economic, environmental and social).

In broad terms the Draft NMPF is based around:

  1. Marine planning objectives
  2. Marine planning policies, and
  3. Supporting actions required to achieve (1) and (2) above.

The plan does not set out a hierarchy of activities. It does, however, set out supporting policies in respect of aquaculture, defence, energy, fisheries, mining and aggregates, ports harbours & shipping, telecommunications cables, tourism, safety at sea, sport & recreation, and waste-water treatment and disposal.

The Department invites submissions on the Draft NMPF (available to view and download here: draft_national_marine_planning_framework_final ).

The consultation period closes at 12:00 noon on 28th February 2020.  You can make a submission by email to the following address  msp@housing.gov.ie