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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 Energia Environmental Pillar Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) FACE Ireland (Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation) Fáilte Ireland FÓRSA 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 SIPTU Sports Coalition State Claims Agency Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) TEAGASC TU Dublin, School of Engineering, Environment & Planning Wayfarers Hiking Club Westport Chamber of Commerce West Wicklow Environmental Network Wind Energy Ireland Woodlands of Ireland
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 Gilly 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
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
The group is located in Ballivor, Co. Meath with a specific interest in promoting the environmental and historical aspects of the local Coolronan bog.The project is intended to be a long term community project.
28 October 2021 – 20 January 2022 (midnight Brussels time)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.