Fingal County Council were named as finalists in the RTPI Planning awards for the work in delivering quality planning and development training in Lesotho alongside Action Ireland Trust and Portmarnock Community School.This nomination in the category of "International Award for Planning Excellence" is a great recognition of the hard work, commitment and partnership with Action Ireland Trust and Portmarnock Community School in the delivery of quality planning and development in Lesotho.The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Eoghan O’ Brien, said: “It’s great to hear that our work with Action Ireland Trust and Portmarnock Community School in Lesotho has been recognized by being named as a finalist in the RTPI awards. Fingal County Council has undertaken a multi-focus planning initiative to support town planning in Lesotho which involves mapping, Local Area Plan production, capacity building and national planning guidance.Lesotho is now the most mapped country on the continent of Africa and the training undertaken by Fingal County Council Planners in Lesotho has been far reaching. UNICEF and other NGOs are keen to utilize these maps to plan their projects in Lesotho.A significant number of Lesotho planners are now on course to obtain a Masters in Spatial Planning from TU Dublin through the significant scholarship program that has been facilitated by Fingal County Council.Fran Whelan, CEO of Action Ireland Trust, said: “Without doubt the full extent of the Fingal County Council partnership is immeasurable in many ways particularly for the students of Portmarnock Community School who have been exposed to the importance of mapping and quality planning and development in Ireland and Lesotho.” The second Lesotho Town and Regional Planning Institute Conference, in conjunction with the Irish Planning Institute and Fingal County Council, took place this year looking at the impacts of climate change and planning. This was a historic event for planning and development in Lesotho that was attended by over 100 planners and professionals who travelled from across the country to attend the event.