Access and Environment
- The paddlesport
community within Northern Ireland have enjoyed good access to water via
the canoe steps and access points established by the then Department for
Agriculture in the 1970’s. These are now managed and maintained by local
- There are also 4 long
distance inland canoe trails with excellent access and camping facilities.
- Access to water for
sport and physical recreation has not been contentious in Northern Ireland.
- Sport Northern Ireland developed
a Policy Position on Access to the Natural Environment in Northern Ireland
for Sport and Physical Recreation in 2011. Whilst the emphasis of the
paper is on access to land (principally by agreement) 8.7 of the policy
- Sport Northern Ireland
believes that inland waters should be afforded the equivalent status as
public land and therefore be open for access for non-motorised
sustainable recreation as is the case with the marine environment.
- CANI supports this position.
- CANI believes that good
access comes with significant responsibilities to the natural environment,
land owners and other users. As such the principles of sustainability and
responsibility must be synonymous with access.
- Across the island of
Ireland outdoor sports governing bodies and statutory agencies have
adopted and proactively support the 7 principles of Leave no Trace
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Be Considerate of
- Respect Farm Animals
- Travel and Camp on
- Leave What You Find
- Dispose of Waste
- Minimise the Effects of
- It is essential that
paddlers are aware of these principles and apply them whenever they access
- CANI supports the work
of the NI Environment Agency in trying to stop the spread of Invasive Non
Native Species by encouraging paddlers to thoroughly checking, cleaning
and drying your paddling clothing and equipment. https://invasivespeciesireland.com/