The Shared Waters, Shared Landscape Project was a pilot project funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's Challenge Fund, delivered in collaboration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Mullaghbane Community Centre.
The Project aimed to re-engage the local community of Forkhill, Mullaghbane and Cullyhanna with their water resources by creating a community-led vision for their local waters. By re-establishing this connection with the rivers and lakes within the localities, the communities gained a better understanding of the importance of water in the local environment and how they can be involved in its management.
The project was delivered throug a number of events and workshops which were held over a ten week period from 2nd January to 15th March 2017.
Shared Waters, Shared Landscape has provided the platform to show that local communities have a strong interest in their local waters and want to play a significant role in managing and protecting their water resources into the future. The Project is being used to leverage further funding to deliver the community vision for local waters (below) and to highlight the key areas where collaborative and integrated water management can result in environmental, social and economic benefits.
"We want our waters to be clean and full of life, with access agreed by all parties, to enable learning and safe play, and which are the pride of the region"
Forkhill, Mullaghbane and Cullyhanna Communities, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.