CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) is an exciting new European funded cross-border project with Geological Survey Ireland as the Irish partner.   


Using the latest geoscience technology and expertise, CHERISH partners will perform collaborative research in marine mapping, landscape modelling, excavation and environmental studies. They will work with coastal communities in Ireland and Wales to develop mutual understanding of climate risk to local heritage assets and reduce the impact of climate change on local economies.

This project has an important social and economic mission, as well as a scientific one. The initiative encourages knowledge sharing between scientists and local communities to protect coastal tourism and heritage sites from climate change,” said Sean Kyne, Minister of State for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. “It is my aim that this project will serve as a stimulus for climate awareness, wellbeing and prosperity in the local communities it serves, as well as throughout coastal Ireland.”


The Irish component of the project will focus on five coastal communities around Ireland: Glascarrig Motte, Co. Wexford; Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry; Saltee Islands, Co. Wexford; Skerries Islands, Co. Dublin and Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin.

Minister Kyne officially launched the CHERISH project on 23rd March 2017.