The planning department team at Carlow County Council are to be congratulated on drafting a very comprehensive document for 2022-2028 and providing an opportunity for making submissions on the proposed document.
Chapter 1, 2, 7, 9 & 10
The ecosystems services approach is ideally suited to the management of Carlow’s heritage and natural environment assets especially when working to comply with National and European legislation concerning climate action. It is important to ensure our natural assets are valued and protected for future generations.
On this note I would urge the council to consider adopting a regeneration approach in conjunction with a sustainability approach to protect and improve Carlow’s natural resources in the form of regenerating our wetlands, rivers systems, broadleaf forests, and open spaces.
Carlow is ideally suited to lead the way in regeneration utilising a range of climate mitigation, adaption, and biodiversity measures in the form of decarbonisation zones(Climate Action Plan 2019: Action 165), particularly in our rural upland and lowland areas in addition to the planned decarbonisation zone in Carlow Town
Such an approach would help regenerate and protect our unique biodiverse environment within the Blackstairs Mountains and along the River Barrow.