On the 20th October, Dr Daniel Norton from NUI Galway joined the online annual Environ2020 colloquium where he presented the MOSES case study on improving the sustainability of coastal touring routes. Environ2020 is the 30th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium and was hosted virtually this year by ESAI & DCU Water Institute. The theme of this year’s colloquium was ‘Ireland’s Water, Energy & Environment in a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency’.
The title of Daniel’s presentation was “Examining the perceptions of tourists as sustainability pressure indicators on the Wild Atlantic Way”. The work uses data from a survey of visitors along the Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal touring route along the west coast of Ireland. The presentation focused on tourists’ perception of the level of traffic, number of tourists and quality of transport infrastructure at different locations along the route. Initial results suggest that higher levels of traffic and tourists are located on the southern end of the route and that the environment in these areas may be more susceptible to pressures from coastal tourists.
The output from MOSES’s was not the only Atlantic Area Interreg funded work being discussed at Environ2020, with a number of the RiskAquaSoil project members discussing their work. The project aims to improve the resilience of Atlantic rural areas with a focus on the mitigation of climate change effects on soil and water.
In addition to Daniel’s presentation, there was a cross-section of presentations related to the marine and coastal environments varying from measuring pollutants in killer whales to an analysis of the enforcement of sea fisheries law in Ireland showcasing lots of interesting research relevant to the work being carried out by the MOSES team.
More details on Environ2020 and highlights from the colloquium are available here.