Exhibitors at ENCORE 2021


Please see below a list of the exhibitors at ENCORE 2021.


The Virtual Exhibition showcases inspiring projects and initiatives which respond to the conference themes of Climate Action, Ecosystem Services and Circular Economy for a Green and Sustainable Transition.

Welcome to ENCORE 2021, Tullamore, Ireland
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EMRA Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly
The Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly is one of the three Regional Assemblies of Ireland, working with key stakeholders at an EU, national, regional and local level to support effective regional development in Ireland. Its role is very broad and includes preparing, adopting and implementing regional spatial and economic strategies; participating on EU operational programme monitoring committees; identifying, participating in and coordinating certain EU projects; and supporting Ireland’s delegation to the EU Committee of the Regions.
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Welcome to Tullamore and County Offaly
The historic town of Tullamore in Co. Offaly is the ‘virtual’ venue for our conference and gives its name to the outcome document of ENCORE 2021, the ‘Tullamore Declaration’. Co. Offaly is located in the heart of Ireland’s Midlands, the region at the centre of Ireland’s Just Transition programme. With the cessation of peat harvesting in the region, Co. Offaly is at the forefront of the transition process which is seeking to move our economy and society into a low carbon future.

We invite you to watch the welcome address from Ms. Anna Marie Delaney, the Chief Executive of Offaly County Council. In her address, Ms. Delaney outlines a number of inspiring projects and local initiatives which have been delivered in Offaly and across the Midlands region.

You can also watch the two videos in which Professor John Feehan sets out the story of the Midland Raised bogs over the past 12,000 years, and a video by Dr Catherine Farrell of the INCASE project and Trinity College Dublin who introduces some of the ecology of Co. Offaly’s peatlands: “Bog and Fen

Finally, you can watch “Offaly: Space to Discover” to give you a taste of Co. Offaly, and plan a visit in the future!
YouthCORE is the youth forum of ENCORE, the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe. It comprises young people from European regions who come together to share their experiences and develop a common message of what future they want for their regions. This year, the YouthCORE delegates have been meeting in a series of workshops to discuss ENCORE topics, share experiences from their respective regions and to build a common message of what future the youth delegates want in their regions.

At the first meeting in March 2021, delegates got to know each other and were introduced to ENCORE and the conference themes of Ecosystem Services, Climate Action and Circular Economy as well as Just Transition. During the second YouthCORE event in May 2021, participants formed a common position on the current situation in their areas and began to identify initiatives that would be good for the future. During this May workshop, participants created a board with examples of work being done in their regions within the Conference themes. YouthCORE delegates also created a WordCloud of environmental solutions. This work can be viewed in this exhibit stand.
Projects and Initiatives in the Eastern and Midland Region, Ireland
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All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and its framework is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. It was developed in recognition that the decline of pollinators is a serious problem which requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of food production, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector and protect the health of the environment. The Plan was developed on a voluntary basis and without funding by a fifteen-member steering group comprising experts from universities, relevant government departments, local authorities and interest groups.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is an exemplary resource which can be easily transferred to other regions with a view to raising awareness of the economic, environmental and social value of the regulating services provided by pollinators. The first Plan covered the period 2015-2020 and a new version has been developed for 2021-2025.
Restoring the carbon storage capacity of peatlands
Care-Peat is working to reduce carbon emissions and restore the carbon storage capacity of different types of peatlands in North-West Europe. The main goal of Care-Peat is to set up and demonstrate how by using innovative technologies for new restoration and carbon measurement techniques and the involvement of local and regional stakeholders help on carbon footprint reduction. There are two pilot sites in Ireland for CARE-PEAT (Cavemount bog and Cloncrow bog) both of which are in the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly area.
Important outputs of Care-Peat are the publication of a management and decision support tool and a set of socio-economic models concerning the best options for peatland restoration in regard to carbon storage.
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The Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition project was conducted through the challenge-based learning framework of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) in co-operation with the Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly. Students from Dublin City University (Ireland) and the University of Twente (the Netherlands) produced a report on the Midlands Region of Ireland as affected by the Just Transition.
As part of their submission, the students produced a video report tailored to ENCORE 2021 and an infographic which outlines their approach to the challenge. You are invited to view both here.

01. EMRA

02. Welcome to Tullamore and County Offaly

03.  YouthCORE

04. EMRA CarePeat

05. All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

06. Peatlands Climate Action Scheme

07. EMRA ECIU - Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition

08. EMRA INCASE Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments

09. EMRA Meath County Council

10. EMRA Natural Capital Ireland

11. EMRA Offaly County Council

12. European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON)




16. Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

17. Central Denmark (DK)

18. Drenthe

19. Ecostructure

20. Interreg North Sea Region project C5a

21. Kymenlaakso (FIN)

22. Next2Met

23. Noord-Brabant

24. Interreg Europe PROGRESS – PROmoting the Governance of Regional Ecosystem ServiceS