Sustainably reconciling offshore renewable energy developments with Natura 2000 sites: an adaptive management framework

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dc.contributor.advisor McIntyre, Owen en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Hagan, Anne Marie en Le Lievre, Celia 2019-06-14T11:33:38Z 2019 2019
dc.identifier.citation Le Lievre, C. 2019. Sustainably reconciling offshore renewable energy developments with Natura 2000 sites: an adaptive management framework. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 413 en
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates how the ecosystem-based principles of resilience and adaptive management can be best implemented under the appropriate assessment of the Habitats Directive to reconcile the increasing demand for offshore renewable energy (ORE) and biodiversity conservation. Particular heed is given to the question of how the implementation of the Habitats Directive can be coupled with the development of nascent ORE technologies and the potential impacts these innovations may have on marine Natura 2000 species and their habitats. More specifically, the research challenges the strict interpretation of the precautionary principle which has been crystallised by the EU judiciary under the regime of Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive. The jurisprudential interpretation of the Habitats Directive needs to evolve in order to better reflect the ecological and infrastructural challenges associated with deploying innovative renewable energy technologies in dynamic and complex offshore environments. In this vein, the thesis suggests a novel approach to interpretation of the Habitats Directive to help accommodate these legal challenges. In so doing, it reinforces the interface between law and ecological science and considers the utility of embracing the principles of adaptive management as a better methodology to enhance the outcomes of the appropriate assessment and reconcile the interests for offshore renewables and protection of Natura 2000 sites. The aim of this research is solution-based: it seeks to improve the implementation of the assessment requirements of the Habitats Directive before they truly become an ‘obstacle course’ for offshore renewable energy developers. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2019, Celia Le Lievre. en
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dc.subject Habitats Directive en
dc.subject Natura 2000 en
dc.subject Offshore renewable energy en
dc.subject Ecological integrity en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject Precautionary principle en
dc.subject Scientific uncertainty en
dc.subject Appropriate assessment en
dc.title Sustainably reconciling offshore renewable energy developments with Natura 2000 sites: an adaptive management framework en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Law en
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dc.internal.conferring Summer 2019 en
dc.internal.ricu Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) en

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