Conference Contribution Details
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Grainne Barron, Tiernan Henry, Gesche Kindermann
37th IAH (Irish Group) Annual Conference
Development of a focussed Integrated Catchment Management toolkit for use in secondary schools
Tullamore
Oral Presentation
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In Ireland, a number of rivers, lakes and groundwater systems are at risk of pollution both now and in the future. While the role of public engagement in catchment management is becoming increasingly recognised in academic, governmental and social spheres, it is only just beginning to be fully implemented and realised in Ireland. A key gap identified by the 2014 EPA Research Report Towards Integrated Water Management (TIMe) is a lack of Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) focussed primary or secondary school initiatives. Having reviewed best practice in ICM, Environmental Education (EE) aswell as strategies for community engagement and place based learning, this overall project aims to help inform the foundation of ICM by utilising a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach. This allows for the fostering of a curriculum that combines local knowledge, EE and outdoor field skills with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) skills in the classroom. The Uisce Aille project, a pilot program which is funded by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark through the EU LIFE project will result in an educational toolkit that will enable educators to explore an alternative approach to local stakeholder engagement: i.e. train the trainers, to engage the students, so that they can share the message with their local community. Ultimately the program devised will align itself with the execution of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) within Ireland: it is participatory, it is educational, it is emancipatory, it is based in and of a community, and the outcomes will be replicable and transferable across the Irish secondary school sector.
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