In March 2016, as part of the National Economic & Social Council (NESC) Research Series, “The Burren Life Programme: An Overview” by Dr Brendan Dunford was published. This was part of the NESC Research Series which provides analysis of economic, social or environmental evidence and policy. A list of the full set of NESC publications is available at www.nesc.ie
This overview traces the evolution, of the Burren Programme in order to tell the full ‘story’ of this locally led programme, to extract key learnings and to discuss how these learnings might inform other regions and other actors in the arena of agri-environmental stewardship. The structure of this paper follows a logical flow: the main phases of the Programme’s evolution are described (Initial context, Research phase, Roll-out phase), followed by a discussion and some conclusions which look at some of the lessons learned and how they might be integrated into policy.
Please note that this article was published in 2016, and therefore covers the Burren LIFE project and Burren Farming for Conservation Programme and Burren Life Programme. Burren Programme, the latest phase of this story, was only beginning in 2016 at time of publication.