‘Leave No Trace Ireland’ and StreamScapes Engagement Project in Balla, County Mayo.

Leave No Trace and StreamScapes supported by the Waters and Communities Office recently delivered 2 programmes to the young people of Balla, Co Mayo. 6th class in the primary school and TY students in the secondary schools were involved. The ‘StreamScapes’ programme has been developed and is produced by Coomhola Salmon Trust Ltd., of Bantry, County Cork involving Aquatic & Biodiversity Awareness Education in support of Water Framework Directive implementation. 

Classroom-based theory sessions were supported by field trips, to the local Rodney river leading to a heightened awareness of participants’ understanding and appreciation of aquatic and biodiversity issues. Participants learned of their ability to impact, both positively and negatively, upon resource quality in the course of their pursuit of day to day activities, recreation, and business. The objective here was to create an indelible experience which assists in life-long behavioural change.

Coomhola Salmon Trust Ltd. and Leave No Trace Ireland CLG have been encouraged by the success of this pilot project and are working together to achieve a wider propagation of the ‘StreamScapes’ programme in support of efforts to develop greater awareness of water issues in communities throughout Ireland. Leave No Trace and StreamScapes were assisted in this project by the local community development and Tidy Towns group. This is an excellent example of community, schools and local authorities joining with Leave No Trace to create an impact and ensure engagement at all levels.