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Provision of National Ecosystems Monitoring Support 2022 to 2026 – Monitoring Air Pollution Impacts across Sensitive Ecosystems

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The revised National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive (2016/2284) requires that Member States ensure the monitoring of negative impacts of air pollution upon ecosystems based on a network of sites that is representative of their freshwater, natural and semi-natural habitats and forest ecosystem types, taking a cost-effective and risk-based approach.

The EPA is now advancing with implementation of the NEMN in Ireland, based on guidance and recommendations included in the NEMN Design Report, plus the slight amendments to the sites as submitted to the EEA/Eionet under the Article 9 / Article 10(4) submission.

The EPA Chemicals and Ecosystems Monitoring Team requires specialised technical support and input, to support implementation activities for the period 2022-2024.

Summary

The revised National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive (2016/2284) requires that Member States ensure the monitoring of negative impacts of air pollution upon ecosystems based on a network of sites that is representative of their freshwater, natural and semi-natural habitats and forest ecosystem types, taking a cost-effective and risk-based approach.

In 2020 the EPA awarded a framework agreement for technical support and input from a suitably qualified third party to support the review, establishment and operation of the National Ecosystems Monitoring Network (NEMN) over the period from 2020 to 2022. Under this contract, a report entitled ‘National Ecosystem Monitoring Network (NEMN)-Design: Monitoring Air Pollution Impacts across Sensitive Ecosystems[1] (“NEMN Design Report”)’ was developed which proposes methods for air quality monitoring, ecosystem parameters for assessment, as well as sites for inclusion in the NEMN to provide representative coverage across sensitive habitat types and major pollution gradients. This report was the basis of the submission under Article 9 of the NEC Directive that was submitted to the EEA/Eionet during 2022 in accordance with Article 10 (4) of the Directive.

The EPA is now advancing with implementation of the NEMN in Ireland, based on guidance and recommendations included in the NEMN Design Report, plus the slight amendments to the sites as submitted to the EEA/Eionet under the Article 9 / Article 10(4) submission.  The EPA Chemicals and Ecosystems Monitoring Team requires specialised technical support and input, to support implementation activities for the period 2022-2024. 


[1] https://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/ie/eu/nec_revised/sites/envyr60lw/

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