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Land tenure type as an underrated legal constraint on the conservation management of coastal dunes: examples from Ireland

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Legal factors play an underrated but significant role as constraints on conservation management. In this paper, based on observations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, mode of land tenure is assessed to determine its influence on the conservation management of coastal dunes. The tenure types considered are: private ownership, corporate private ownership, tenancy, secured tenancy, leasing, common (joint) ownership, uncertain ownership, public ownership and its subset military ownership. It is suggested that multiple private ownership is least likely to favour effective conservation management. Public ownership by a statutory conservation authority and corporate private ownership by a conservation-orientated NGO are regarded as the optimum tenure types for conservation management of coastal dunes.

Keywords: Ireland; coastal dunes; conservation management; land tenure

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Coastal and Marine Research, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland BT52 1SA, Email: 2: Department of Natural Resource Economics, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh EH9 3JG 3: Marine Law and Ocean Policy Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland 4: AXYS Environmental Consulting Ltd, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 1H7

Publication date: September 1, 2005


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