The Aquatic Services Unit (ASU) with technical assistance from the School of Biological and Earth Sciences (BEES) and the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC), all part of UCC, were commissioned by An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, to carry out this review of the role of wetlands in flood attenuation in Ireland.
"Bad planning is not a victimless crime," commented Dr. Berna Grist of UCD recently. An Taisce engages in the planning process with a view to having law and policy properly applied, for the good of communities.
An Taisce has long voiced concerns as to the ongoing suburbanisation of rural Ireland and the resulting decline of rural towns and villages. The evidence clearly shows that the highly dispersed settlement patterns that have been allowed to take hold are extremely costly and have stored up significant social, economic and environmental problems that are to the long-term detriment of rural communities and the rural economy.