Waterville/ Ballinskelligs/ Inny Catchments

Waterville Ballinskelligs Catchments

‘The Waterville Catchments and Ballinskelligs Bay are priceless and irreplaceable resources ecologically, culturally, economically and socially. The health of these systems is crucial to
the sectors/stakeholders that rely on them for a wide and varied number of reasons including agriculture, forestry, industry, tourism, aquaculture, social and recreational to name a few. It is now vital that every effort is made to ensure that benefits these key assets offer are identified in full and a plan is developed to sustainably maintain and protect them into the future’

Water is a precious resource, and is essential for all life on earth. Managing our water so it can meet our current and future needs and also continue to support the ecosystems that depend on it is vital for Ireland’s future. https://www.catchments.ie/icm-epa-role-introduction/

The preparation of a Sustainability Plan for the Waterville/ Ballinskelligs/ Inny Valley commenced April 2020. The aim of the plan is to protect and develop the catchments for the benefit of all concerned.

The preparation of the plan involves research, consultation with all sectors, setting priorities and identifying a management structure to implement the plan. Anglers, tourism providers, local business, farmers & landowners, a range of agencies, and the local community can all give their comments and views.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings at present. Therefore we are inviting people to contribute to the plan by phone, email, on-line survey and on-line meeting. 

Community Presentation. The project findings to date will be presented over two nights, on-line via Zoom.

Part one: Thursday 16th July at 8.00 pm, presentation of Bio-Diversity Profile of the catchments. To register click here. 

Part two: Thursday 23rd July at 8.00 pm, presentation of findings from community survey. To register click here. 

Both events will include an opportunity for discussion and feedback. Your contribution will assist in clarifying the priorities for the catchments strategic plan.  

Community Survey. All who live or work in the catchments are invited to complete a confidential on-line survey. This will help identify the priority actions for the plan. To complete the survey questionnaire  click here  

Stakeholder Consultation. Thanks to all organisations, business and agencies who took the time and interest to complete the stakeholder on-line survey.  Forty-five representatives of the various agencies and organisations attended the on-line presentation of the preliminary findings  Friday 19th June.  The biodiversity profile presented by Niall Walsh can be downloaded here, and the stakeholder survey presentation by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe can be viewed here.

Contact details for participating organisations available here

Consultation & Planning Process – Spring / Summer 2020

  • Research to prepare a biodiversity profile of the catchments,
  • On-line confidential survey of stakeholders link, 
  • On-line survey of local citizens link, 
  • Telephone interviews,
  • A schools’ project,
  • A series of on-line meetings/ webinars,
  • An interactive planning workshop (Geo-Design),

Date and format for presentation of draft catchments plan to be finalised (Sept/ Oct).

Steering Group Members:

  • IRD Waterville,
  • South Kerry Development Partnership,
  • Kerry County Council,
  • LAWPRO – Local Authorities Waters Programme,
  • Teagasc,
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Project Consultants – O’Raw Consultancy & Associates:

  • Paul O’Raw,
  • Dr Brendan O’Keeffe,
  • Dr Hrishi Balall,
  • Niall Walsh

For further information contact Paul O’Raw at 087 2317204