Errigal climbers’ path project reaches midway point

first_imgThe challenges of increased footfall at Errigal are being examined as part of an ambitious work plan, called the ASCENT project.Promoting sustainable access to uplands and natural environments is what the ASCENT project is looking to achieve and this 3 year environmental project is now reaching its midway point.The project which links seven areas of natural beauty in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Iceland and Norway is focusing on sites that are facing challenges with increased visitor numbers and unregulated access including Errigal Mountain in Donegal. Rosita Mahony is the Project Co-ordinator in Donegal County Council and explains that in Donegal this project is working closely with a range of stakeholders including the local community to see how best to achieve sustainable access to this increasingly popular mountain.Rosita Mahony (centre) with speakers at the recent ASCENT Guiding Principles Workshop in Tollymore Centre“To date work at Errigal has included the installation of visitor monitoring equipment to quantify usage and to monitor changes over time and a phased approach has been agreed in consultation with the Errigal Stakeholders Committee for repair and restoration works to be undertaken through the ASCENT project.  Agreement was reached late last year on a single route and the next step is to proceed with an environmental assessment in line with current conservation objectives for Errigal”.The ASCENT project which is led by Donegal County Council has an ambitious work plan which centres on achieving sustainable access to upland areas through many measures including site specific management plans and the implementation of innovative measures to restore habitats and limit further damage, occurring with increased footfall on those sensitive and vulnerable environments.Large attendance at the ‘Managing Upland Paths – are Good Principles Enough’ ASCENT workshop recently in Tollymore CentreAn important part of the project is about partners sharing their experiences and insights into the impacts of unregulated access in upland areas which will help inform and guide upland path management policy.  The ‘Managing Upland Paths – are Good Principles Enough?’ workshop was held at the Tollymore Centre in the shadows of the Mourne Mountains recently with stakeholders from Ireland, the UK and Iceland participating.  Key issues were shared, common challenges discussed and recommendations for Guiding Principles for managing erosion in environmentally sensitive landscapes were offered. ASCENT is funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (2014 – 2020) under Interreg VB and the European Regional Development Fund under Programme Axis 4, Objective 4, which seeks to increase the capacity of remote and sparsely populated communities for sustainable environmental management.  For more on this project visit @AscentProjectNPA on Facebook.Errigal climbers’ path project reaches midway point was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ASCENT Guiding Principles WorkshopDonegal County CouncilRosita Mahonylast_img read more

CFPB Tackling PACE Financing Rules

first_img March 4, 2019 1,081 Views CFPB: Tackling PACE Financing Rules ATR CFPB Default Delinquencies EGRRCPA PACE financing Rules TILA 2019-03-04 Radhika Ojha On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing. The rule will address the direction given to the bureau on PACE financing under the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) that was signed into law in May 2018, CFPB said in a statement.“Today’s action is the next step in the Bureau’s efforts to implement the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act as expeditiously as possible,” said Kathleen L. Kraninger, Director, CFPB. “I look forward to reviewing the comments in response to the questions we are asking to facilitate the required rulemaking.”Through the ANPR, the consumer watchdog is seeking information on written materials associated with PACE financing transactions, current standards and practices in PACE financing originations, civil liability under Truth in Lending Act (TILA) for violations of the Ability to Repay (ATR) requirements related to PACE financing as well as rescission and borrower delinquency and default, unique features of PACE, and potential implications of regulating PACE financing under TILA.According to the ANPR, PACE financing has been defined in the EGRRCPA as “financing to cover the costs of home improvements that result in a tax assessment on the real property of the consumer.” The law also directs CFPB to prescribe regulations that achieve two purposes on PACE financing, the CFPB said.The first objective is to carry out the purpose of TILA’s existing ATR requirements even for PACE financing. The existing ATR requirements prohibit creditors from making a residential mortgage loan unless they make a “reasonable and good faith determination” based on verified and documented information on the consumer’s ability to repay that mortgage. The ATR requirement is “to assure that consumers are offered and receive residential mortgage loans on terms that reasonably reflect their ability to repay the loans and that are understandable and not unfair, deceptive, or abusive.”The second objective, according to the CFPB relates to the regulations implementing EGRRCPA’s section 307 must apply TILA’s general civil liability provision for violations of the ATR rules that will apply to PACE financing. “That provision sets forth damages for TILA violations generally, as well as specific penalties for violations of the current ATR requirements.”center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more