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Project Rationale and Objectives

The rationale for undertaking this pilot project is set out under the following key themes:

Recognising the significance of the landscape  Shaped by human activity for over five thousands years the Tara Skryne landscape has aesthetic, historic, archaeological, recreational, economic, educational and environmental significance.  Its name is synonymous with the high-kingship of Ireland , pagan deities and has always been symbolic of Irish sovereignty and political identity. 

Implementing current land use policy and legislation To implement the policies and objectives of the Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013

Engaging the public through participation Landscape is about the relationship between people, place and nature.  Engaging a ctively with the local community and stakeholders helps to understand how the landscape is ‘perceived’, the values that people attach to places and how that contributes to local pride, identity and distinctiveness.

Proactive landscape management All landscapes are dynamic and continue to evolve over time driven by economic, environmental and social ‘forces for change’.  This project will provide a framework to address how future development shall be managed.

Delivering community benefits Develop an Action Plan for the Tara Skryne Landscape Conservation Area to support the delivery of economic, environmental, social and cultural heritage community initiatives

Increased awareness, education and interpretation To make heritage and educational resources more accessible so that the landscape itself, its story, can be better understood and appreciated

The objectives are to

1. Examine, learn from and adapt suitable international best practice models for the sustainable management of historic landscapes and establish long-term partnerships with organisations/agencies responsible

2. Raise awareness and understanding of the significance of the Tara Skryne Landscape and the European Landscape Convention (ELC)

3. Develop a participative process to collaborate in an inclusive and open manner with stakeholders, the public and residents within the Tara Skryne Landscape 

4. Implement the relevant policies and objectives of the Meath County Development Plan 2007-2013

5. Agree, after consultation, the criteria to define the character and values of the Tara-Skryne Landscape and to designate a Landscape Conservation Area under Section 204 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000

6. Prepare a Landscape Management Plan for the Tara-Skryne Landscape Conservation Area

7. Review and monitor the effectiveness of the Landscape Conservation Area and to inform the development of a National Landscape Strategy

8. Develop protocols and training tools utilising Information Communication Technology for local authority staff and other key stakeholders to inform the management of the Tara Skryne Landscape

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