At their monthly meeting on Friday, 8th September 2017, the members of Tipperary County Council approved the Draft ‘Green & Blue Infrastructure Masterplan Roadmap for Tipperary Waterways’. The members agreed to have a public consultation period of six weeks on the draft report.
Tipperary County Council, as a partner in the EU INTERREG Europe part-funded ‘SWARE’ (Sustainable Heritage Management of Waterway Regions) project, is developing a Green and Blue Infrastructure Masterplan Roadmap for Tipperary Waterways. The Masterplan Roadmap is a strategic plan focusing on the two primary waterways in County Tipperary – Lough Derg and River Suir. The objective is to develop an integrated plan incorporating for example, biodiversity, heritage, tourism, sport, leisure, water eco-system management, communities and economy to provide a cooperative strategic plan for our county’s waterways.
What is Green and Blue Infrastructure?
Green (green spaces) and blue (aquatic ecosystems) infrastructure plays a key role in conserving, restoring and increasing biodiversity and expanding ecological connectivity and considers land-use as core habitats, corridors, buffer zones, stepping stones and multi-functional areas. The Green and Blue Infrastructure concept involves planning, managing and engineering of green and blue spaces and eco-systems in order to provide specific benefits to society in both urban and rural areas. Such an approach is about ‘joined up’ thinking; it is an integrated approach to planning and links land-use, landscape, services, ecology, heritage, tourism, etc., and provides ecological, economic and social benefits through natural solutions.
Tipperary County Council is now seeking commends and feedback on the draft. The consultation period will conclude on Friday 10th November 2017.