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Shannon Environmental Research Fund

The SDWF are proposing that companies and agencies in the Shannon estuary should combine to provid funding for research.

The objective of the Shannon Environmental Research Fund (SERF) is to provide funding for research in the Shannon estuary to improve our understanding of the ecology of the estuary and the processes which are driving it.

The Shannon estuary is a unique site in Ireland and of international significance, being one of the few large estuaries on the Atlantic seaboard of Europe. The importance of the estuary for plants and animals is acknowledged through the designation of the estuary as a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.

The Shannon estuary is also highly developed and industrialised and is an important shipping channel. As the estuary is further developed the pressure on the environment will increase and new ways of ensuring development and conservation are compatible are required. Recent relevant developments in the Shannon estuary include the coastal zone management responsibilities of Shannon Estuary Developments Limited (SEDL) a subsidiary of Shannon Development and the Water Framework Directive which requires water basin management plans (the Shannon river and estuary is to be managed as a single unit). Much of the baseline information required to implement these policies are not available. This proposal provides an opportunity to enhance the environment and conservation while providing the information required to sustain development.

We would be interested in your thoughts and comments on SERF.
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