About Swan

Photo of swans on a body of waterThe Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is an umbrella network of twenty-four of Ireland’s leading environmental groups working together to protect Ireland’s waters by participating in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework and other water-related policy in Ireland. A key focus of SWAN’s work involves collaborating at local, national and River Basin District level to ensure that the Water Framework Directive is implemented in the spirit as well as the letter of the law.

SWAN is made up of national and local groups with a wide range of local knowledge and specialist expertise in all areas of Ireland’s aquatic environment. The cooperative work of this network is contributing significantly to achieving real protection for our rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal and ground waters. From the shores of Lough Swilly to the beaches of Wexford, from the Boyne estuary and the rivers of West Cork to the lakes of Galway and Mayo, SWAN member groups are working independently and collectively to protect Ireland’s waterways and coasts. It is our aim to ensure that the River Basin Management Plans are implemented correctly and that shortcomings in the Plans are addressed during the implementation process.

Memorandum & Articles of Association of the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)