Robert Moss- Green Communities Manager, An Taisce

  • Speaker Bio:

    With a background in Geology Robert Moss graduated with an MSc in Sustainable Development from the School of Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute of Technology in February of 2010. Since then he has been involved with the set up and running of the community garden support group; Dublin Community Growers. This is a network of community gardeners who meet monthly within central Dublin. An open group, they meet to discuss community gardening projects, and the issues faced by these projects. Dublin Community Growers also organise events to promote community gardens as amenities to be valued. The core ethos of Dublin Community Growers is represented by social inclusion, and environmental responsibility. For more information see: www.dcg.ie

    Robert became Chairman of the Environmental Focus Group of the Dublin Community Forum back in September 2009. An example of the calibre of project engaged in by this environmental community group is indicated by the publication of the Dublin City Guide to Community Gardening, which he researched, wrote, edited, and which is now in its second edition and fourth print run. This publication is also available for download on the Dublin City Community Forum website at: http://www.dublin.ie/uploadedFiles/City_Development_Board/Community%20Gardens%20Booklet%202013.pdf

    Since 2015 Robert Moss has been a member of the Dublin City Environmental Strategic Policy Committee. It is the task of this SPC, as a committee of Dublin City Council, to advise and assist the council in its work in relation to the environment. Todate Robert has contributed to amendments and proposals in relation to the Eastern & Midlands Waste Region’s draft waste management plan, and to the new Dublin City Draft Development Plan.
    Robert Moss joined the Green Communities Programme with An Taisce Environmental Education Unit in January 2011, with a brief for researching the future direction for this successful community environmental education programme, and became the programme manager in 2012. Green Communities works to enhance local biodiversity and sustainability, supporting community groups by providing information, training and guidance across different areas of environmental management. Generally the training events are as wide ranging as the groups themselves, but they are all based on environmental, horticultural, and natural history topics and skills that are relevant to people living in Ireland. With each event being of a different nature, and in a different location, they offer a continuous stream of imaginative activity that can usefully be engaged in.
    In 2014 Robert coordinated the introduction of the Green Flag Award for Parks and Green Spaces scheme to the Republic of Ireland. This international award scheme introduces a benchmark against which the quality of freely accessible public parks and green spaces can be measured, and is already operating across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. The pilot introduction has been a great success with six sites around the country now proudly raising their first flags.

     

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