Green and Blue Futures: Developing the Socio Economic Potential of Waterway Corridors

Pat Brown of Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University will present at the ‘Green and Blue Futures: Developing the Socio Economic Potential of Waterway Corridors’ Conference taking place in Clonmel, South Tipperary, Ireland.  South Tipperary County Council is hosting this two day conference which brings together a wide range of expertise from across Europe showcasing the socio economic potential of waterway corridors, such as the River Suir.  This diverse conference will focus on innovative approaches and over topics ranging from sports activity development, to embracing our heritage, expanding our tourism potential and the development of the social economy.

Blue Green 1

South Tipperary County Council is currently a partner in the INTERREG IVB Green & Blue Futures project. The Operational Programme for North West Europe recognises that the quality of
places and environmental and cultural assets is important for creating strong and prosperous communities. Europe’s Green & Blue infrastructure (nature sites, parks, open space, woodlands and waterways etc.) forms an important part of these assets, which is often managed by local authorities or other public agencies. With the current financial crisis however there is increasing pressure on public sector funds. Therefore new, more cost-effective models for resource management need to be developed. An opportunity for doing this is through increased involvement of the social economy in resource management via not-for-profit organisational structures.  Such an approach can have the added benefits of achieving greater involvement of local stakeholders with the resource and delivering social outcomes, such as employment for disadvantaged groups.

River Suir

The aim of Green & Blue Futures is to develop a strategic framework for doing this in an effective way that can be promoted throughout North West Europe with the aim of widening adoption of such approaches. Lessons learnt through the project will also feed into furthering European policy (particularly Europe 2020) and input to future delivery of the European structural funds.

Pat Brown will address & chair the session, ‘European Perspective’, where she will discuss the local, regional and European socio economic potential of Europe’s multifunctional inland waterways.

Enquires To: Bernadette,
Tel: 00 353 52 6134550 or
Email: riversuir@southtippcoco.ie

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