An Introduction to Appropriate Assessment in Ireland

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This introduction to Appropriate Assessment for ecologists covers the background to the designations, the legislation and the steps in Appropriate Assessment.


This course will provide you with a basic template for assessments and show you how to carry out a basic assessment. We will look at multiple examples of Appropriate Assessment in action and discuss screening, Stage 2 assessments, cumulative impacts and mitigation.

The training includes discussions, presentations, workshops and case studies to develop understanding.

Who Should Attend?

Ecologists starting Appropriate Assessment.

The training is aimed at practitioners working in the Republic of Ireland.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No specific knowledge is required beyond a background in ecology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe Legal background of Birds and Habitats Directives and the 2010 Planning Act in relation to Natura 2000 sites including aspects such as retention, extension of time and exempt development.
  • Recognise competent authorities and list their responsibilities.
  • Detail the various stages in Appropriate Assessment.
  • Bring a simple project through the AA process and decide what additional information (if any) is required and decide how to get this information (e.g. survey/data purchase).
  • Propose mitigation for a range of projects based on the case studies covered.


Course fee includes refreshments throughout each day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Euro Payments

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Course fees in Euros are as follows:

  • Early Bird Member Ticket €100

  • Early Bird Non Member Ticket €180

  • Member Ticket €125

  • Non Member Ticket €205


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00