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Heritage Council-econ/environ disconnect

Written in Irish Issues: 11/22/08, 13:50:50 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Making the connection
There is a "disconnect" between economic development policies and sustainable management of our vital resources, writes Michael Starrett, chief executive of the Heritage Council in the latest issue of Heritage Outlook , the council's magazine.
"It would be worrying to see this disconnect widen even further in a time of budget restraints," he adds.
Starrett cites New York City's strategic protection of the watershed (on almost 2,000 square miles of land 200 miles from the city) as an example of how sustainable management of the environment can also make economic sense. The successful project cost $507 million (403 million), a fraction of what new water filtration systems would have cost (an estimated $8 billion, or 6.35 billion).
Starrett also criticises the cutbacks to funding of the Native Woodland Scheme in Ireland. "Only 1 per cent of our native forests survive. And forests are one of the most cost-effective ways to provide clean drinking water. This scheme encourages new native species planting along rivers and lakes that are vital to our water quality and help reduce landslides, erosion and sediment," he writes. See also  www.heritagecouncil.ie.