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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

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Feasibility study for Research and Education Coastal Centre in Lough Swilly


Marine Discovery Centre Implementation proposal

Thank you note from Donegal County Council and University of Ulster
"Sincere thanks to the members of the Lough Swilly Consultative Group for the time, effort and expertise they put into the development of the Lough Swilly Adaptation Strategy".


Read more about our Marine Spatial Planning Review, an Environmental Audit of Lough Swilly, a Marine Discovery Centre proposal and a book to increase awareness about the Lough Swilly environment and it's resources and promote marine spatial planning.


Marine Spatial Planning Review
What we did

Researched marine spatial planning processes which included collaboration with Marine Scotland MSP pilot projects in the firth of Clyde and Sound of Mull.

Why we did it

To ascertain what was involved in the MSP process

What we achieved Developed a MSP programme of work and determined what information could be developed by IMCORE to feed into the process.
Problems we had Original proposal was to develop a marine spatial plan after the review process it was clear that resources available from the IMCORE project were not sufficient to develop a Marine Spatial Plan.

It was decided to produce an activity and environmental audit of the case study area which will form the baseline information for MSP in the future.

What we learned

MSP approaches in different areas. Research fully before embarking on a major MSP programme of work.


MSP preparation in Lough Swilly
What we did

Activity and Environmental Audit of Lough Swilly

Why we did it

To collate technical baseline information into a useful planning and management tool that could aid decision making in Lough Swilly.

What we achieved Activity and Environmental Audit of Lough Swilly
Problems we had Obtaining data was a lengthy process and obtaining the data in a usable format posed problems.

Persistence and patience while waiting for data. Many files had to be converted into a compatible format.

What we learned

There is a lot of data available but it is not integrated. There are also gaps in data and monitoring is not carried out in all cases.


Proposed Marine Discovery Centre Lough Swilly
What we did

We have completed this brief in two stages: firstly through completion of an initial feasibility report in June 2006 showing the centre to be viable; secondly through completion of an implementation proposal which updates the 2006 report to take account of emerging EU Maritime Policy and sets out a proposal for development and management of the Centre.

Why we did it

To investigate the feasibility of establishing a Coastal Research & Education Centre at Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal which is to have combined functions in tourism, public education and marine research. The proposed centre is to be a catalyst for marine spatial planning in the future.

What we achieved Feasibility Report & Implementation proposal. A cross border partnership was developed between local authorities, state agencies and academic institutions in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. A funding proposal was submitted to the Interreg IVB Environment call but was unsuccessful.
Problems we had Difficulty securing funding/contracts to maintain project staff. Securing funding to implement the proposal has been unsuccessful to date.

Project staff maintained by match funding from Donegal County Council and contracts supplied by the IMCORE Lead Partner UCC.

What we learned

There is general support for the proposal but due to financial constraints Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council were unable to fund the application for statutory permissions or design in order to put the proposal on the best footing to secure funding for capital build.


Book: Lough Swilly: A living landscape
What we did

Produced a semi-academic book on Lough Swilly covering topics such as geology/geomorphology, coastal environments and habitats, The waters of the Lough, History, Archaeology, Habitation and Infrastructure, Nature Conservation, Fishing, Aquaculture, Tourism and Recreation, Marine Spatial Planning.

Why we did it

To increase awareness about the Lough Swilly environment and it's resources and promote marine spatial planning.

What we achieved The book is currently with the publisher and is due to be available in September 2011.
Problems we had Obtaining data and getting completed book chapters.


Click here to download the Feasibility Study for Coastal Research Centre

Click here to download the Implementation Proposal for Marine Discovery Centre

Click here to download the Literature Review

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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