ICoNet Conference 2007

The 1st National ICoNet Conference for Ireland took place on April 12th and 13th, 2007 in Cork. The conference entitled “Towards the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Coast” provided an opportunity for Ireland’s coastal and marine community to chart progress, as well as providing a platform to highlight success, achievements and challenges to a national audience.

Click here to download the full conference report (17MB). Individual presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate title below.


DAY 1 - 12th April

09:15-09:45 Registration

09.45-10.10 Welcome to UCC and Conference Introduction
Cathal O Mahony, Prof. Robert Devoy & Valerie Cummins

Session 1: Coastal Management and Planning
Chair: Eugene Nixon – Marine Institute

10:15-10:30 ENCORA – Sharing Expertise for Sustainable Management of Our Coasts (1.39MB)
Prof. Job Dronkers – ENCORA Project

10:30-10:50 Coastal Environment and Planning (1.73MB)
Micheal O’ Cinneide – Marine Institute

10:50-11:10 Application of Water Framework Directive Model to ICZM for Ireland (2.32MB)
Pat Canney – Western River Basin District

11:10-11:40 Refreshment Break

11:40-12:00 Managing Wild Atlantic Salmon – Problems, Policies and Procrastination (268KB)
Ken Whelan – Marine Institute

12:00-12:20 Role of Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone (532KB)
Brendan O’ Sullivan – Department of Geography, UCC

12:20-13:00 Session 1 Questions and Discussion

13:00-14:00 Buffet Lunch, Boole Basement

Session 2: Coastal Communities and Heritage
Chair: Cathal O’ Mahony – Coastal and Marine Research Centre

14:00-14:20 Taking Stock of Coastal Zone Management in Ireland (707KB)
Val Cummins – Coastal and Marine Research Centre, UCC

14:20-14:40 Heritage as a Driver for Sustainability (334KB)
Rita Kearney & Stephen Sage – Kearney Consultants

14:40-15:00 The Role of Local Communities in Protecting Natural Heritage (520KB)
Hans Visser – Fingal County Council

15:00-15:20 Break

Session 3: Coastal Industry
Chair: Dr. Axel Meisen – President Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

15:20-15:40 Offshore Resources and Coastal Management (220KB)
Agnes McLaverty, Shell Ireland

15:40-16:00 Developing Marine Tourism in Ireland (1.92MB)
Kevin O’ Connor - Donegal County Council

16:20-16:40 Potential for an Irish Marine Aggregate Industry (3.46MB)
Gerry Sutton – Coastal and Marine Research Centre, UCC

16:40-17:20 Sessions 2 and 3 Questions and Discussion

18.00 Social Event – Food & Wine Reception at Hayfield Manor Hotel


DAY 2 - 13th April

Session 1: How well are we doing? – Implementation of Policy and Legislation
Chair: Dr. Ronan Long – National University of Ireland, Galway

09:30-09:50 Meeting European Coastal Directives & Recommendations (103KB)
Kieran Burns – Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

09:50-10:10 Protecting Coastal Ecology (293KB)
Elizabeth Sides – National Parks and Wildlife Service

10:10-10:30 Sustaining Coastal Communities and Heritage in the Irish Gaeltacht (132KB)
Eamonn O’ Neachtain – Údarás na Gaeltachta

10:30-10:50 Managing the Foreshore (144KB)
Pat Corcoran - Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-11:50 A Rural Coastal Community Perspective (103KB)
Gerry Murphy – Lacken Community and Development Association

11:50–12:10 An NGO Perspective
Karin Dubsky – Coastwatch

12:10-12:50 Session 1 Questions and Discussion

12:50-14:00 Buffet Lunch

Session 2: How well are we doing? – Getting the Message Across
Chair: Oisin Naughton – Marine Institute

14:00-14:20 Implementing ICZM in Northern Ireland (615KB)
Ken Bradley – Department of Environment (Northern Ireland)

14:20-14:40 The Integration of Property Rights Institutions is Fundamental for the Sustainable Management of Biodiversity within an Ecosystem Based Coastal and Oceans Governance Regime (1.28MB)
Mark Mellett – Irish Naval Service

14:40-15:00 Session 2 Questions and Discussion

15.00-15:20 Closing Remarks
Brendan Tuohy – Secretary General, DCMNR