Assessment of the ecological risk posed by licence consents, projects, plans and developments is an integral part of the planning process and for the implementation of various EU Directives in coastal waters.
Planning in coastal waters needs to find an efficient and optimum solution that balances developmental potential and ecological risk.
This project will seek to develop a quantitative ecological risk assessment framework for developments in coastal waters and adopt and demonstrate the use of systematic spatial planning conservation methodology as a decision support system for consent authorities.
The work will involve a review of existing ecological risk frameworks and systematic conservation planning tools that are in use and development of tailored solutions to Irish coastal waters. The use and benefits of the methods that are developed during the project will be demonstrated by evaluating the efficacy of existing site conservation networks such as Special Conservation Areas (SACs) and Special Protection areas (SPAs).
To develop a spatially explicit risk assessment framework for the implementation of EU directives.
To build capacity, systems and tools for delivering advice to consent authorities.
We will complete these objectives within five Project Tasks