Ag Cur le AranLIFE: Comhdháil AranLIFE - AranLIFE Conference
April 27, 2018
Burren Winterage Day
October 23, 2014
Public awareness and dissemination of results
Action E3: Educational Programme including Public Information meetings
On the 24 October 2014 the AranLIFE project team had the opportunity to present the project to a the Burren Winterage festival. This year's event highlighted six stories from the land and there where scientists / rural development specialists and farmers from some of Ireland's most renowned landscapes including the Aran Islands, Sligo, Shannon Callows, Donegal, Slieve Aughties and the Burren presented case studies from their areas and explored a vision for a sustainable future for these areas. This was followed by an afternoon panel discussion with leading experts on the theme and was a great opportunity for both the project team and the farming community to highlight issues on the islands and how they were being addressed through the LIFE project.
Reasons why this action is necessary:
The availability of practical, interesting and accessible information will increase awareness of the natural heritage of farmers in the Aran Islands, and also the improve relationships among farmers and state bodies. The islanders have a strong sense of pride in their heritage and this needs to be encouraged amongst those responsible for its day-to-day management. The other, complementary educational initiative that is required to ensure the sustainable management of the islands’ heritage is the provision of pragmatic, well-researched information on the most appropriate forms of its management. Up to now, the land management advice given to farmers has been based on research that has been generated elsewhere, which is of very limited relevance to the unique situation of the Aran Islands. This project will help address this shortcoming by providing practical, locally generated land management information and education to people involved in farming in the Aran Islands. This multidimensional project of educational events aimed at various sectors of the local community offers a programme to increase awareness of the uniqueness and fragility of the habitats of the Aran Islands.