In 2007 Pádraic
completed an MSc in Environmental Protection, researching the quality
of the ‘Flora and Fauna’ chapter in a sample of Environmental
Impact Statements from across Ireland. The findings showed that
much needs to be done to raise standards in this area and ensure
that the process of Environmental Impact Assessment works to protect
and enhance Ireland’s natural resources.
The Flora and Fauna study is an essential component of Environmental
Impact Assessment. OPENFIELD adheres to the EcIA methodology as
prescribed by the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management
(IEEM). This includes scoping, stakeholder consultation, literature
review, site survey, impact prediction and quantification, mitigation
and follow-up monitoring. OPENFIELD believes that the best developments
are those that result in ‘no net loss’, or even enhancement,
of the natural resource.
Since 2007, OPENFIELD has carried out in excess of 60 such studies
for projects ranging from housing developments, wind farms, quarry
extensions and sports stadiums.
Clients include John Spain & Associates, the Dublin Docklands Development Agency, Bovale Developments, McGill Planning, Park Developments, Gannon Homes, Gaeltech Energy, John Craddock Ltd., Declan Brassil & Company, Lagan Cement, Irish Asphalt, Tom Philips Associates, the Housing Agency, Kilkenny county council and Louth county council.