Much of our maritime heritage (land and sea-based) is under ever-increasing pressure from human activity. Protection of our heritage must be a key part of sustainable development, whereby policies to encourage social and economic growth are equalled by policies to protect the environment and heritage.
The primary recommendation is a cohesive strategy for the sustainable use and development of marine and coastal areas. It also identifies important heritage features and provides for their long-term protection.
The strategy should include a management framework for environmental protection and management, and a comprehensive review of relevant policies and measures currently in place and their efficacy to date. Importantly, a campaign to raise awareness and improve education regarding maritime heritage should also be part of the strategy.
Areas of maritime heritage
Recommendations in these areas include:
These recommendations will shortly be sent to Dick Roche T.D., Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Many of the actions proposed, however, will require the co-operation and agreement of other government departments and agencies.