Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) consultation – an environmental perspective (online workshop)

In order to support public engagement with the Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) public consultation, the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) and the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) delivered an online workshop on the SWMI consultation and key environmental issues.

We were joined by David Flynn, Principal Advisor, Water Advisory Unit, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government who presented on the SWMI public consultation process.

Sinéad O’Brien, Coordinator, the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), then discussed key significant water management issues from an environmental perspective.

An extensive Q & A session was chaired by Karen Ciesielski, CEO, IEN.

A full recording of the workshop is viewable via the link below, along with copies of the key presentations.

Workshop materials:

Full recording of Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) consultation – an environmental perspective 

Presentation 1 – ‘Significant Water Management Issues’ – David Flynn, Principal Advisor, Water Advisory Unit, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Presentation 2 – ‘Key significant water management issues from an environmental perspective’ – Sinéad O’Brien, Coordinator, the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) 

What is the SWMI consultation and why does it matter?

As part of our national water management effort under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), the third cycle of river basin management planning (RBMP) has begun. Under the WFD all our waters must be restored to a healthy state by 2027. Presently, more than half of our waters fall below the WFD standard and river water pollution is on the rise – we have a lot of work to do. This cycle of river basin management planning is the last before the 2027 WFD deadline. A crucial step in drafting this final river basin management plan is the accurate identification of the key issues and pressures facing our rivers, lakes and coast.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is currently hosting a public consultation on the significant water management issues (SWMI) for Ireland (deadline August 7th). This is a crucial process because if the pressures faced by our waterbodies aren’t accurately identified now, it will be impossible to determine the appropriate solutions and turn the tide of deterioration.