Community Water Development Fund

Grants programme from the Local Authority Waters Programme for communities to deliver water, biodiversity, and climate action initiatives.

Local community or voluntary groups can apply

First launched in 2018

Demand has increased year on year.

Projects should show benefits for water quality, biodiversity, and climate action.

Fund of €380,000 available for 2022.

Grants awarded will range from €500 to €25,000.

Q: list of recipients/projects for 2018-2021 funds

Organisations / Individuals that made written submissions to NPWS 2021 Review

Note: if you would like to post your NPWS submission please email to

Written Submissions from Public Authorities, Industry Groups & Non Governmental Organisations

Amica Projects, Cork
An Fóram Uisce
An Taisce
Aquaculture Licence Appeals Board
Balbriggan Community Committee
Birdwatch Ireland
Children’s Research Network (CRN)
CAIM – Communities Against the Injustice of Mining
Coiste Timpeallachta Gaoth Beara
Cork Environmental Forum
Country Sports Ireland
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media
Emerald Floating Wind Project
Environmental Pillar
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
FACE Ireland (Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation)
Fáilte Ireland
Friends of Merlin Woods, Galway
Green Party, Dublin West
Green Party, Limerick
Green Party Research Group
Groundwork Conservation Volunteers, Kildare
Hedgerows Ireland
Hunting Association of Ireland
IEN Environmental Law Office
Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA)
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)
Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)
Irish Coursing Club (ICC)
Irish Deer Commission
Irish Hawking Club
Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association (IMFHA)
Irish Peatlands Conservation Council
Irish Raptor Study Group (IRSG)
Irish Rural Link
Irish Timber Growers Association
Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC)
Irish Wildlife Trust
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Kerry Convention Bureau
Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce
Leave No Trace Ireland
Letterfrack Tidy Towns / Connemara Green
Leisure Equestrian Association of Ireland
Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO)
Mountaineering Ireland
National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC)
National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS)
Roscommon Environmental Network
Sports Coalition
State Claims Agency
Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)
TU Dublin, School of Engineering, Environment & Planning
Wayfarers Hiking Club
Westport Chamber of Commerce
West Wicklow Environmental Network
Wind Energy Ireland
Woodlands of Ireland

Individual Submissions

Chris Moody
Margaret O’ Sullivan
Lorraine Gillespie
Heather Wood
Ken Irvine
Cliodhna Carroll
Julie Smirnova
Aideen McGinn
Sean Phelan
Grainne Faller
Abhilash Sahadevan
Ray O’ Foghlú
Conor Tierney
Kathryn Feeley
Lisa Harris
Marese Hickey
Sheena Wood
Dawn West
Eoghan Connaughton
Emily Hurley
Barbara McAfee
Ellen Lynam
Ruan Sheedy
Mary Carey Ryan
Mary Ryan
Gemma O’ Reilly
Aileen Cashman
Lavinia and John Jobson
Jean Marsh
Barbara Callaghan
Eleanor Davin
Caroline Kuyper
Conor Deery
Eoin Cashman
Eliza Lavine
Michael O’ Leary
Ken Lynch
Brendan Moore
Laura Cross
Gordon Place
Sonia Fitzgerald
Caroline Cahill
Hazel Hurley
Joe O’ Connell
Cormac Nolan
Stuart Luke
Carmel O’ Reilly
Enda Phelan
Aine O’ Donnell
Fioina Cauliffe
John Halley
Kate Shinkwin
Gerard Kiernan
Patricia Gardiner
Kieran O’ Brien
Anne Marie O’ Donoghue
Rita Hagan
Ashleigh Connors
Niall Hunt
Maeve Foran
Gerard O’ Halloran
Clair McSweeney
Rosaleen Fitzgerald
Jane Sullivan
Ross McCarthy
Barry Foran
Aaron Foley
Sarah Zimmermann
Eve Hickey
Tom Jordan
Chris Barrett
Melanie Whelan
John Lee
Michael Hickey
Darragh Wynne
Stephen W
Aoife Joyce
Caoimhe Murphy
Hugh Hogan
Declan Kenny
Corina Thornton
Finola O’ Siochrú
Louisa McGrath
Siobhan Kennedy
Allan Hanratty
Saoirse Sheehy Ariff
Emma Gowing
Michelle Kelly
Francis Flynn
Santina Lowe
Des Murphy
A. Fogarty
Sarah Carroll
Marita Barry
Fiona Kennedy
Ben Whitley
Josie O’ Neill
A. Morris
Aoife Quigley
Sandra McDonnell
Natasha Ariff
Gearóid Jackson
John Mark Dick
Sinead Cunnane
Padraig Barron
Alan Dempsey
Heather Loughlin
John Fitzgerald
M – Noelle
Ciara Vaughan
Mick Quirke
Gill D.
Joseph Monks
Zoe Lawlor
Margaret Somers
Alan Quinn
Rachel Lamb
Jenny Ricau
Robert Leonard
Niall O’ Reilly
Margaret Duff Garvey
Tony Adams
Stephen Mac an Bhrei
Alan O’ Connor
Eoghan Daltúin
Declan Murphy
Anto Kerins
Pat Ewen
Paddy Woodworth
Cilian Roden

FSC Interim National Standard for Ireland Forest Management Certification (stakeholder consultation)


The current FSC Standard used for forest management evaluations in Ireland was developed in 2012.

Since then, the FSC Principles & Criteria have been revised, and so each country must now update their national Standards.

As there is currently no formally constituted, registered Irish FSC Standard Development Group, we will follow FSC Procedure 60-007 Structure, Content & Development of Interim National Standards (v1-2), which provides the full set of International Generic Indicators (IGIs) and Annexes as the starting point for local adaptation.

The IGIs can either be adopted as they are, or adapted with local specifications and thresholds.

AIE response includes a handy checklist of the Irish Laws and International Agreements and Protocols Pertinent to Forest Management in Ireland

Bathing water quality – review of EU rules

About this consultation

Consultation period

28 October 2021 – 20 January 2022 (midnight Brussels time)

Target audience

All citizens and stakeholders are welcome to express their views – more specifically respondents involved in or affected by the implementation of the bathing water directive: identification of bathing sites and/or monitoring and management of bathing sites and bathing water quality. This would include: EU Member States and their public authorities at national, regional and local level; economic actors such as associations and companies (tourism sector representatives, bathing site operators); water associations at European, national and regional level; international organisations, NGOs, academia, research and innovation organisations and institutes.

Why we are consulting

Since the 1970s, the EU has rules in place to safeguard clean bathing waters. These rules were updated and simplified through the 2006 Bathing Water Directive which, according to the annual reports on the quality of the bathing water, is generally well implemented by Member States. Nevertheless, experience from best practices in some Member States, as well as latest scientific and technological developments point to some areas for possible improvement. Also in light of the European Green Deal, the Directive needs to align with new environmental and climate ambitions. With this consultation, we would like to hear your opinions on the Directive, notably concerning possible shortcomings and issues of emerging concerns both for citizens, health and the environment. Your views will feed into the evaluation and impact assessment that will constitute the evidence base for a possible revision of the Directive.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.

For reasons of transparency, organisations and businesses taking part in public consultations are asked to register in the EU’s Transparency Register.

Respond to the questionnaire

Citizen science in freshwater rivers

To develop a consensus on the most suitable approach for citizen science in Ireland, LAWPRO supported by the EPA, have engaged with the practitioners, agencies, trainers and community groups interested in citizen science.

A series of workshops and training days to develop a strategy was organised. This led to the development of a brand new scheme – a Citizen Science Stream Index (CSSI) suitable for beginners and the adoption of the Small Stream Impact Score (SSIS) used by scientists for the more advanced practitioners.

  • The schemes are being trialled with the support of locally led catchment projects (e.g., Norevision, Maigue RT, Inishownen RT, Farming for the Blue Dot EIP)
  • Currently being rolled out across LEADER areas via bespoke Water Training developed by LAWPRO and the Rural Development Companies (inc. IRD Duhallow)
  • The National Biodiversity Data Centre are currently developing the online repository.
  • Animation for the 3rd RBMP cycle is currently undergoing planning

This initiative is supported through LAWPRO and the EPA, with support from UCD (Dr. Mary Kelly Quinn), UCC (Dr. Simon Harrison) and numerous other collaborators.

If you would like to get involved please contact

Anglers in border region scale up lake monitoring

Dragonfly Ireland 2019 – 2024

Survey / Citizen Science

Dragonfly Ireland 2019 – 2024 is an all-Ireland survey of dragonflies and damselflies, and their habitats.

The survey is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre in the Republic of Ireland and by the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording in Northern Ireland.

Dragonfly Ireland 2019-2024 is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of a citizen science project focusing on aquatic species and their potential as bioindicators. The goals of Dragonfly Ireland include:

  • Collecting verified dragonfly and damselfly records, contributing to a 2024 Dragonfly Atlas.
  • Exploring the use of dragonflies and damselflies as bio-indicators of freshwater habitat quality.
  • Engaging with the public to increase awareness of water quality and climate change.
  • Developing and supporting a network of trained and experienced dragonfly recorders in Ireland.

Dragonfly Ireland will also generate important information on some of Ireland’s small water bodies. Despite the widespread nature of small water bodies in the Irish landscape, they are a poorly understood habitat, and little is known about their ecological value. Collecting data on habitats and the associated dragonfly and damselfly fauna will help to fill this knowledge gap.

The project offers three levels of participation to volunteers:

  • Dragonfly Spotter encourages the submission of casual sightings of any Dragonfly or Damselfly species.
  • Dragonfly Recorder asks volunteers to conduct timed surveys of a freshwater site, record all dragonfly and damselfly species present, estimate their numbers, and assess their habitat. Two surveys must be completed, one in May/June and the second between July and September.
  • Dragonfly Monitor asks volunteers to conduct a minimum of four surveys at their local site, and to repeat site surveys annually.

Learn more: 

If you would like to participate in Dragonfly Ireland 2019 – 2024 further information is available at:

Sightings of Dragonflies and Damselflies in Northern Ireland can be
submitted at:

Community Water Development Fund

For 2021, the fund was increased to €360,000, up from €225,000 in 2020.

The Community Water Development Fund supports communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive.

This Fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody.

Types of projects considered for funding will include:

  • Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures; fish passage projects; invasive species control, etc.
  • Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, water conservation initiatives; Citizen Science, etc.
  • General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will be awarded at 3 levels:

  • from €500 to €5,000;
  • up to €10,000; and
  • up to €25,000.

The Community Water Fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations.

The fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Learn more:*

Full details, guidelines and the grant application portal

Resilience Project for Rivers Trusts

The Resilience Project provides funding to two rivers trusts, Inishowen Rivers Trust and Maigue Rivers Trust (Limerick), to each employ a project officer for a period of three years. Funding is provided by LAWPRO to The Rivers Trust to oversee and administer the project.

This project will aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of professionalizing the rivers trust movement in Ireland in terms of delivering on the core objectives of the Inishowen Rivers Trust.