“The Waterford Estuary has the potential to be a significant economic driver for the entire South-East region. In addition, the Estuary has a role as an amenity and ecological resource for an expanding and increasingly developed Waterford city and region.  The maximisation of this amenity potential and unique setting for the benefit of all will be a challenge”, so stated Cllr. Thomas Kinsella, Cathaoirleach of the Regional Authority, today (Thursday 20th May) at a conference in Waterford City organised by the South-East Regional Authority as part of the European Union’s European Maritime Day 2010.
“It is the Regional Authority’s objective that today’s proceedings will promote the development of a strategic methodology and framework for the sustainable coordinated development and management of the Estuary,” added Cllr. Kinsella.

The European Maritime Day is now an annual event with the key stakeholder event taking place this year in Gijón, Spain under the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. Innovation for sustainable growth of maritime sectors and coastal regions is its main focus. In addition, events are being organised across the EU in parallel with the Gijón event, the Regional Authority’s event in Waterford City being one of them.

“Maritime affairs have significant importance in the South-East – think of our major freight and passenger ports at Rosslare, New Ross and Waterford; our fishing industry; our rivers and lakes, our coastal areas in counties Wexford and Waterford. Only very recently we saw how this association was reinforced through the successful campaign to retain the Region’s full-time coastguard service at Waterford Regional Airport” commented Cllr. Kinsella.
“The Estuary faces many challenges and pressures and today’s proceedings will show how marine spatial planning can assist and facilitate consultation between competing interests, co-ordinated development and integrated management approaches”, stated Cllr. Kinsella. 

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Further information from:
- Cllr. Thomas Kinsella, Cathaoirleach, South-East Regional Authority
 (059) 9775398 (087) 9377386
- Mr. Thomas Byrne, Director, South-East Regional Authority
 (052) 6126200

Presentations from Conference

(PDF Logo 2,876 kbs) Dr. Shane O'Boyle - EPA
(PDF Logo 827 kbs) Mr. Michael Walsh - Waterford City Council
(PDF Logo 566 kbs) Mr. Micheal O'Briain - European Commission
(PDF Logo 4,357 kbs) Mr. Stan McIlvenny - Port of Waterford
(PDF Logo 8,006 kbs) Mr. Steve Conlon - Irish Marine Federation
(PDF Logo 717 kbs) Mr. Tom Byrne - SERA
(PDF Logo 21 kbs) Mr. Tom Kinsella, Cathaoirleach - SERA
(PDF Logo 3,844 kbs) Ms. Barbara Fogarty - seaChange Management Unit
(PDF Logo 3,041 kbs) Ms. Kaja Curry - Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum

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