Leave No Trace Ireland held a workshop on the issue of managing outdoor events at Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre on Wednesday 4th May as part of its network meeting to offer people the chance to learn more about what considerations are important to take into account in order to manage the environmental and social impacts of an outdoor event.
The first speaker of the day was Helen Lawless who introduced the role of Mountaineering Ireland and the uniqueness of upland environments. She then went on to explain Mountaineering Ireland's current Policy on organised events in the mountains and also highlighted that it was being renewed as events in the mountains had grown considerably. She also highlighted other issues that were missing from the current policy that would be considered in the review.
Next up was Carol Ryan from Coillte who gave the audience an insight into Coillte and how they manage their outdoor projects, including their procedures and practices.
Just before lunch, Jim Flynn and Fergal Somers from Ballyhoura Development presented on local events delivered in conjunction with them and what they do to create successful sustainable events.
The last presentation of the day was given by Matthew Bushby from the Mourne Heritage Trust who highlighted the work that had been carried out in the Mournes with regards to event management, including the 'easy form' and the 'event flow chart' on www.outdooreventsni.com.
To finish off the day a workshop was delivered in the afternoon to help teach the attendees about what issues to consider when organising different types of events from mountain biking events to road cycling events.
Click here to download the presentations from the event. (Remember to click on the tab marked 'May 2011').