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Ring of Gullion AONB Management Plan

Ring of Gullion AONB Management Plan (2023-2027)

What is this document

The AONB Management Plan serves as a collaborative framework for all stakeholders involved. Aligned with the NIEA’s policy ‘Protected Landscapes – Shared Horizons,’ the objective is to preserve the landscape character and natural, built, and cultural heritage of the Ring of Gullion AONB.

Who is the Management Plan for

This Management Plan is designed for the benefit of the Ring of Gullion AONB. Its success depends on the collective efforts of those living, working, planning, developing, and managing the area to consider its special character in decision-making.

How was this document developed

Produced over a 5-month period (May 2022 – September 2022) by Newry Mourne and Down District Council in partnership with the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership. The process involved input from Partnership members, a SWOT analysis, and considerations for limiting factors in plan delivery.

Overview of other relevant documents to be read in conjunction

This Management Plan is complemented by various strategies, policies, and plans developed by Partnership Members, including the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Legacy Plan, Atlantic CultureScape Legacy Plan, Ring of Gullion Outdoor Recreation Plan, Slieve Gullion SAC Management Plan, Slieve Gullion SAC Blueprint for management, and the Geopark 10-year Master Plan and 4-year Business Plan.

Our Vision

Our vision is a cared-for landscape working in partnership for better-protected heritage, sustainable communities, and connected people and place.

Outcomes and Objectives

Outcomes and objectives for the period 2023-2027, cover natural heritage, built heritage, cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and positive outcomes for heritage, people, and communities.

How we aim to deliver this Management Plan

In partnership

The AONB Partnership will collaborate with stakeholders to achieve the outcomes, with a focus on legacy projects, including the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme Legacy Phase, ASCENT Legacy Phase, and Atlantic CultureScape Legacy Phase.

UNESCO Global Geopark

The UNESCO Global Geopark aims to holistically care for, educate, and sustainably develop the Mourne Gullion Strangford area, celebrating its geological, natural, cultural, and intangible heritages.

Funding Mechanisms

The plan emphasizes the importance of sustainable funding, including the Environment Fund, Challenge Fund, In-Year fund, and other funding sources used in the previous management plan.

Ring of Gullion AONB Management Plan (2023-2027)