About the StreamScapes Programme
‘StreamScapes’ has won the 2017 IPB/LAMA Award for ‘Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality’; See Award Winner for Story, Photo, and Judges Comments
The Salmon is the symbol and proof of wise landscape management, as it depends upon pristine waters and a suite of similarly sensitive lifeforms. In turn, ‘wise landscape management’ depends on peoples’ awareness of the impacts that they might have upon waters & wildlife in their pursuit of livelihood, recreation, and domestic management. Raising awareness is the purpose of environmental education and wide community engagement.
In 1989 good general environmental education programmes weren’t really on the map yet in Ireland…it was in that year that Coomhola Salmon Trust was founded by Paul Kearney and Mark Boyden, based at a small research facility on a tributary of the Coomhola River. Between producing native salmon stocking projects for Irish southwest rivers, helping with the efforts to reintroduce salmon to the great River Rhine, and hosting successful freshwater pearl mussel captive breeding research, the StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Community Engagement Project was conceived to assist with wider efforts to conserve our waters and our wilds.
2017 marks the 28th Anniversary of these efforts, and in that time thousands of participants have been actively engaged in indelible field experience and compelling lessons which have revealed the bounty of natural wonder about us, and of how we can assist in conserving these wonders!
StreamScapes has developed an ethos and method which have established the template for Public Engagement on water & wildlife awareness activities in support of European Water Framework Directive and Habitats Directive objectives.
Freshwater Pearl Mussel Life-Cycle (image by Mary Moorkens)
Further Information on the StreamScapes Programme:
StreamScapes is a creative and effective ‘first-contact’ resource for engaging communities in local water quality and biodiversity issues. Working with Schools and Community Groups, StreamScapes produces compelling localised projects which create a buzz and build pride in local natural assets, leading to behaviour change and enhanced local awareness.
DECLG / DCCAE
Monaghan Co. Council
Limerick Co. Council
Waterford Co. Council
Cork Co. Council
Clare Co. Council
Kerry Co. Council
Galway Co. Council
N. IRE Env. Agency
The Challenge Fund
Blackwater River Partnership
Tidy Towns Committees
Chambers of Commerce
We furthermore wish to graciously acknowledge Core Funding provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & The Environment through the auspices of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN)