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March 25, 2013 / landscapeiskingston

Contribution of European Regional Development Funded project: Waterways Forward interviews

Waterways Forward project partner Claudio Repossi of Navigli Lombardi S.c.a.r.l. was interviewed by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University during the partners’ meeting held in Budapest in January 2012. Here Claudio described the work being carried out in Milan by Navigli Lombardi S.c.a.r.l. to develop the canal network in advance of Expo 2015 and how this partner is working with local municipalities and communities to support future plans for regeneration of their canal system.

Claudio discusses the importance of taking part in a pan-European project and the benefits of working closely with other partners to gain insight into their good practices and management styles. He describes the close relationship between the local Lombardy landscape and the canal system plus the strong links with the canal system’s heritage which are key to developing its future potential.

Waterways Forward project partner, South Tipperary’s Heritage Officer describes development of the River Suir Action Plan as the main output from their participation in the Interreg IVC project. Labhaoise McKenna explains how stakeholder and community engagement supported development of the plan.

Starting with an analysis of existing strategies the potential and opportunities of the local area were reviewed and weaknesses and strengths identified. This was then further developed by running a series of locally based community workshops. In addition, 2 seminars were held where local interest groups, stakeholders, land-owners and local authority representatives described their involvement and outlined needs and wishes for the River Suir Action Plan.

South Tipperary County Council have now identified some strands of funding to support the Plan’s roll-out and with the support of a new European Regional Development Funded project, “Blue and Green Futures” it is hoped that the River Suir Action Plan will be further developed over the next year.

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