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An Taisce

The National Trust for Ireland

“To protect Ireland’s heritage for future generations for the benefit of all the people” Robert Lloyd Praegar

Kilkenny, June, 2006

valuing our environment
Valuing Our Environment


  • The time has come to think more broadly about the economic impact of the environment.
  • To assess the critical link between the quality of the environment and the future economic sustainability of Ireland.
  • Acknowledgement of this need includes EPA, Failte Ireland, The Heritage Council and Birdwatch Ireland
lough allen
Lough Allen

An Taisce’s monitoring of developments that would impact on the lake has prevented serious pollution.

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Valuing Our Environment


  • To inform the decisions made by Government and other bodies.
    • Pointing towards policies and strategies that see economic development and environmental enhancement as complementary.
  • To research and examine the economic value of sub-sectors of the wider environment.
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Commissioned research by The National Trust in Wales, Northern Ireland and some English regions has shown:
    • The dependence of local economies, particularly in rural areas, upon visitors, residents, and businesses attracted by their quality environment.
    • The importance of investing in protecting and managing our environment and cultural assets, as a means of supporting diverse and sustainable local economies and communities.
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Findings:
    • “The richness and diversity of the Welsh environment is vital to the quality of life of people living and working in Wales”
      • £6bn GDP directly dependent on the environment.
      • Management of the environment contributes £1.8bn in wages.
      • That is 10% of wages earned in Wales
      • 117,000 jobs accounts for 1 in 6 Welsh jobs
valuiing our environment
Valuiing Our Environment
  • The environment is key to attracting visitors to Wales:
    • Walking and Mountaineering generated (2002) £77m in rural Wales.
    • Supports 4,250 jobs
    • Natural environment provides recreation and relaxation contributing to physical and mental fitness, delivering reduced costs to health services and lost work time.
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Environmental quality a key criteria in business location decisions:
    • Impacts on willingness of staff to relocate
    • 1999 - 2000 total inward investment in Wales was £668m, creating or supporting 14,100 jobs.
    • Studies in UK suggest up to 35% of locating companies are influenced by environmental quality.
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Valuing Our Environment

All manufacturing and production activity depends upon the use of environmental resources to some degree.

  • 68,000 jobs found to be directly attributable to those activities which are wholly dependent on the local environmental resource, such as agriculture and forestry.
    • 80% of total land area under agricultural use
    • Declining farm incomes
    • Foot and Mouth
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Valuing Our Environment


  • Spending associated with environment amounted to £821 million in 1999.
  • On this basis the environment supported an estimated 23,600 jobs.
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Valuing Our Environment

Specific Projects:

  • Red Kite Country Project in Mid Wales:
    • Launched in 1994 to promote wildlife and tourism.
    • Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
    • Received 250,000 visitors in 2000.
    • Associated expenditure supports 120 full time equivalent jobs.
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Like Ireland, Wales is potentially rich in renewable energy resources:
    • Tidal
    • Wind
    • Wave power
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Valuing Our Environment

Managing Our Environment:

  • Fragile and needs careful stewardship and management.
  • Caring for the environment is a key economic activity
    • 26,000 FTE jobs.
    • A key strategy for business growth, reducing costs and identifying new markets (2,750 jobs)
  • To maintain and enhance our quality of life, it is vital that the environment is protected and enhanced.
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Valuing Our Environment

Potential for growth in the following areas:

  • Capitalise on the high quality natural and built environment for tourism and inward investment.
  • Expand environmentally beneficial farming and forestry
  • Expand waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
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Valuing Our Environment

Realising the potential for enhancing the environmental contribution to future prosperity requires:

  • The economy and environment cannot be viewed separately. Sustainable Development!
  • High quality environment brings competitive advantage in global market place.(NZ)
  • Caring for environment is a key economic activity
  • Business and environmental best practice.
  • Local involvement and ownership is fundamental to ensuring that the diversity of the environment is protected and enhanced.
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Valuing Our Environment

Northern Ireland:

complex array of public, private and voluntary organisations involved in managing environment.

  • 65,000 jobs (excluding tourism) 10% of NI employment.
  • Support from EU for agriculture 2000 - 2006 estimated to inject over £300m for management and protection
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Main Aims of an Irish report:
    • Investigate, identify and evaluate the economic significance of the environment in Ireland.
    • To identify the economic role of environmental enhancement and protection activity.
    • To assess the growth potential and significance of the environment to the Irish economy, including opportunities for activities and initiatives that add value to one without damaging the other.
celtic national trusts forum
Celtic National Trusts Forum
  • An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland
  • National Trust for Northern Ireland
  • National Trust Scotland
  • National Trust Wales
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Valuing Our Environment
  • Quality of the environment is a key economic advantage.
  • With careful planning, economic and environmental benefits can go hand in hand.
  • Strategic investment in the environment will yield significant economic benefits.
property ownership
Property Ownership
  • Currently own and manage 16 heritage properties (including articles of heritage significance)

Boyne Navigation, Co. Meath

Kanturk Castle, Co. Cork

Tailors’ Guild Hall, Dublin 8

Old Court House, Howth, Co. Dublin

Crocnafarragh, Co. Donegal

Rough Island, Mulroy Bay, Co. Donegal

Gull Islands, Mulroy Bay, Co. Donegal

Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve, Co. Dublin

Moorehampton Road Dublin 4

Burren, Co. Clare

Drimnagh Castle, Dublin 14

The Cory Cup

Booterstown Marsh Panels by Norah McGuinness HRHA

Owennniny Bog, Bellacorick Co Mayo

Mongan Bog, Clonmacnois Co Offaly

international national trusts organisation
  • 120 organisations representing 20 million people.
  • Secretariat, March 2006
  • To coordinate representation at a global level and to exchange knowledge.
  • Edinburgh Declaration, 2002
  • European Network of National Heritage Organisations
  • 19 EU countries
  • European Exchange Programme
  • Ireland, October 2006
  • “Sustainable Development - Reconciling Heritage and Prosperity”
  • Increasing environmental awareness through education
  • Increasing awareness of Irelands cultural heritage
  • Succeeded in protecting representative examples of Irelands built and natural heritage.
the future
  • Need to concentrate on informing government policy on environmental inclusion.
  • Development with conservation.
  • Fast Tracking of planning for infrastructure of national importance
  • Irish Heritage Trust
  • Biodiversity Directive
  • Nitrates Directive
  • Opening access to the countryside
  • New strategy
  • Increase representation