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Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) for Bantry Bay Using a Consensus Building Approach

BANTRY2.jpg Project Status - Complete
Start Year: 1998
End Year: 2001
Funding Body: EU LIFE Project

Geographic Area: Europe
Local Study Area: Bantry Bay

Project Co-Ordinator: Kevin Lynch - Cork County Council
CMRC Contact: Cathal O'Mahony


The Bantry Bay area is home to over 12,000 people, living in a variety of communities from the towns of Bantry and Castletownbere to smaller villages and remote rural areas within the Beara and Sheep's Head peninsulas, and the Mealagh, Owvane, and Coomhola valleys. It is an area of outstanding scenic landscape, that contains Ireland's state oil transhipment terminal, one of our largest fishing ports, the highest density of aquaculture units and one of our busiest tourist areas.

This Project was initiated to address the challenge of implementing coastal zone management around Bantry Bay. The key aim was to achieve a consensus based approached to coastal management, with participation of all of the relevant stakeholders. The project successfully delivered the Bantry Bay Charter (see link above), but failed to ensure the subsequent implementation of the Charter objectives.

The Bantryt Bay Charter Project provides an important insight into public participation in ICZM. A retrospective analysis of the project is currently being undertaken by V. Cummins as part of a PhD study.