A new approach to coastal management in Cork Harbour was unveiled by Micheál Martin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, when he launched a new Management Strategy for the Harbour in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on Friday 9th May 2008.
Cork Harbour is a unique resource and presents very real management challenges associated with, for example, flooding, water quality, industrial expansion, environmental protection, marina development and recreational usage. This Strategy is based on a voluntary partnership between key management agencies and local stakeholders including Cork City and County Councils, Port of Cork, Irish Naval Service, Government Departments, Chamber of Commerce, Failte Ireland, community development agencies and the IDA.
The Strategy is the culmination of over three years work co-ordinated by the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre (CMRC), University College Cork and the Planning Policy Unit in Cork County Council as part of an EU Interreg Project, COREPOINT (Coastal Research & Policy Integration). Cork City Council's Docklands Directorate is a member of the Cork Harbour Forum's Strategic Advisory Group.
The aim of the Strategy is to bring all those involved in the development, management and use of Cork Harbour together in a framework which encourages the integration of their interests and responsibilities to achieve common objectives in a sustainable manner. Development of the Strategy and its subsequent implementation will put Cork Harbour at the forefront of coastal management practice in Ireland.
Following on from the publication of the Strategy, an Action Plan was developed for the period 2008 to 2011 based on priorities identified in the Strategy document. This forms the next step in the implementation process and funding has already been secured to facilitate this through an additional EU project.
To obtain a copy of the Strategy document, please visit www.corkharbour.ie.