The Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the STRIVE Programme (Grant No. 2013-B-FS-4).
The ESM webtool will provide spatial evidence to support Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) across a number of sectors. In order to achieve this, it will map national environmental sensitivities on the basis of existing and available environmental data and public perceptions.
It is anticipated that the tool will contribute to achieving environmental sustainability objectives by deterring development in environmentally sensitive areas, informing on cumulative/in-combination effects and supporting the formulation of spatially-specific mitigation measures.