SHANNON Development has selected the Lough Derg area as an international best practice example for a three year EU INTERREG IVC project called TRAP – Territories of River Action Plans, which was recently launched in Bucharest.
The overall objective of TRAP is the integrated management of river territories, focused on the three pillars of European Policy – The Water Framework Directive (WFD), The European Landscape Convention (ELC) and the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Throughout its duration, TRAP aims to identify best practice and policies for the integrated management, protection and development of rivers and their surrounding landscapes as a resource for economic growth, particularly through tourism development.
Commenting on the benefit of the project for the Lough Derg area, Ms. Oonagh Kelly, Shannon Development’s Tourism Product Development Executive said: “Shannon Development believes there is significant potential to generate additional investment and revenue in the Lough Derg area where there is capacity for further recreation and tourism development. By participating in the TRAP project, it is intended that Lough Derg would benefit from the exchange of good practices among other European regions and that this would lead to sustainable growth solutions.”
Shannon Development is partnering in the project with the Mid West Regional Authority, the South West Regional Authority and seven other European agencies from Finland, UK, Slovenia, Romania, Greece, Latvia and the Netherlands.