The £8m IBIS project (Integrated Aquatic Resources Management Between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland) was a partnership between Loughs Agency, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow. It aimed to enhance evidence-based management of aquatic resources in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The programme operated between 2011 and 2015. It was funded by the European Regional Development Fund ( INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the SEUPB), the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the University of Glasgow.
IBIS built new world-class research and training facilities at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment on Loch Lomond. Other research, training and education was divided between the Marine Laboratory in Portaferry and Loughs Agency bases in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The programme delivered 70 years of applied research. PhD and Masters by Research programmes delivered high-level, quality training for future aquatic resource managers. Continuing professional development was provided for current managers.
It created practical management tools for use by present-day and future aquatic resource managers. Knowledge transfer workshops raised awareness and skills, new research findings were published, and information was shared with statutory agencies.
IBIS leaves a legacy of expertise in sustainable aquatic resource management that will benefit the three jurisdictions and our industry in general.
For further information, click the image below to view the IBIS 70 Years publication, which contains project summaries from each area of research.