Seminar Presentations


Urban Biodiversity and Public Parks
Maryann Harris, Past President ILI, Dublin City Council



Park Atlantic : Parks and Green Spaces Sustainable Management Action Plan
Declan O’Leary MILI & Richard Butler MILI, Cunnane Stratton Reynolds

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Part of an EU funded INTERREG project called Park Atlantic, this study examined best practice in the management of parks and open spaces (including urban squares and spaces) in the cities of Angers and Pau (France), Santiago de Compostelo (Spain), Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal) and Limerick (Ireland). The study was completed in November 2012 for the Mid Western Regional Authority and provides a guide to the most current rationale, design and provision of open space and public realm within the cities themselves as well as a resource for international best practice across a range of themes, see



Malahide Castle Management Plan: a case study
Kevin Halpenny MILI, Fingal Co. Council



The Humane Metropolis: from City Parks to Green Infrastructure
Aidan ffrench, Past President ILI, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Green Infrastructure by its nature is multi-faceted and multi-scaled. By integrating it with land use planning and urban design policies and processes, we can ensure more humane and resilient societies – vibrant, healthy, environmentally just and economically sustainable. In an Irish context, Green Infrastructure is relatively new and to date few local or regional authorities have produced G.I strategies. However, both Comhar (Sustainable Development Council) and the Dublin Regional Authority have recognised its significance and the need to mainstream it within planning at all scales. Each of the Dublin local authorities, comprising the Greater Dublin Area are committed to undertaking county-level Green Infrastructure strategies. While this is welcome, there is a sound case for collaboration in producing a Regional Green Infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area, as has been done for several regions in the United Kingdom.

READ: Aidan ffrench’s essay Green Infrastructure: Let’s Just Do It


Kindly supported by: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council Parks and Landscape Services

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