Heritage Plan & Heritage Forum
Galway County Heritage and Biodiversity Plan 2017-2022
Galway County Heritage Plan 2017-2022 is the third Heritage Plan for County Galway and carries forward the overall aim of the previous plans, “to place heritage and biodiversity at the heart of public life in the county”. This will be achieved through increasing awareness, participation, enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of our shared heritage to lead to its proper conservation, management and protection and safeguarding it for future generations.
The rich heritage and biodiversity of County Galway will be cherished, valued, conserved and enhanced in a manner that is respectful of our past, mindful of our present needs and sustainable for future generations.
Three overarching objectives have been identified that will underpin the delivery of actions under five key themes (see below). These objectives are:
- to increase awareness, appreciation and participation
- to gather and share knowledge
- to manage and conserve our heritage, including biodiversity.
Actions will be specified under the following five themes:
- community engagement
- education and training
- research and information
- Galway County Council: people, property and works
- stakeholder engagement and pursuing opportunities with other partners.
Galway County Heritage and Biodiversity Forum
The Galway County Heritage and Biodiversity Forum comprises sectoral interests including local government, state agencies, non-governmental organisations, farmers and other landowners, local and regional development agencies, the education and heritage sector, and the community and voluntary sector.
The Heritage and Biodiversity Forum was established in 2004 to provide advice and guidance regarding the development and implementation of Galway County Heritage and Biodiversity Plans, and develop and review annual programmes of work.