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Towards a multi-purpose model for the proposed Mourne National Park

Jonathan Bell, Aileen Stockdale


The introduction of a national park in Northern Ireland has recently moved a step closer with the proposed designation of the Mourne Mountains. Nevertheless local stakeholders remain divided as to the need for a national park, and controversy continues as to the likely impacts of a Park for local landowners, users and communities. To date, not only has the Northern Ireland Assembly failed to respond to a Report to the Minister but the model of national park to be introduced has not been discussed. In the absence of any such details, landowners, in particular, still fear a restrictive model of national park. Through an evaluation of current challenges for the Mourne area, a review of different national park models, and findings from surveys and interviews conducted with local residents and stakeholders, this paper recommends a sustainable development model.

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