The 24th Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium, ENVIRON 2014, will be held in Trinity College Dublin, from Wednesday to Friday 26th-28th February, 2014.
For further information and to view the programme and register click here
SWAN All-Ireland Marine Strategy Framework Directive Workshop
The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) will be holding a workshop for all Irish and Northern Irish environmental NGOs on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) on the 29th of January 2014, in the Central Hotel Dublin
The aim of this event is to increase understanding and build capacity within the environmental NGO sector regarding the MSFD – its strengths weaknesses and potential; to explore synergies between eNGOs in Ireland and Northern Ireland regarding work on the Directive and to discuss and refine recommendations made in the 2013 SWAN report, ‘The Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Ireland: Requirements, Implications & Opportunities for Environmentally Sustainable Management of our Marine Waters‘.
Because Member States are required to draw up MSFD monitoring programmes by next July 2014, the focus of the morning session will look at this element of the directive, in particular, on refining our recommendations on it, in the context of an all-Ireland approach. We will also look at the Initial Assessment and compare the status of this in both jurisdictions. In the afternoon we are going to have a more forward looking session, discussing how we would like to see marine management being developed (including the possibility of a Marine Management Agency) and also how this should be done in co-operation with Northern Ireland.
This will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues working on marine matters from north and south of the border and to explore common goals for the MSFD for the island of Ireland (and our seas!)
Further information, and a detailed agenda for the day will be circulated shortly. If you have any queries or if there is anything in particular you would like to see addressed on the day, Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the SWAN office.
For further information, or to get a copy of our MSFD report, please contact or 01-6425583.
UK and Ireland Lakes Network Annual Symposium
Dates: Thursday October 3rd 2013 – Symposium & Friday October 4th 2013 Wicklow Field Trip
Location: Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation: UKILN and the EPA have secured special delegate rates for this Symposium.
Registration: Registration is complimentary and includes tea/coffee breaks and lunch.
UKILN Website & Symposium Programme is here.
Symposium – Thursday October 3rd 2013:
Compliance with EEC directives is not the only need for lakes. Local communities and economies rely on good, sustainable watershed management. Whether you are a regulator, Agency NGO or just an individual with a passion for keeping lakes clean, this symposium provides an eclectic mix of the presentations from the leading practitioners in lake management across the UK and Ireland. As environmental delivery progressively moves towards partnership approaches, this symposium brings together those wanting to develop partnerships and those who benefit from expanding their professional network.
Symposium Papers Include: Lakes and power generation, Lakes and their catchments – Restoring water quality, Global Nature Fund and Living Lakes Network, Genetics of trout stocks in Irish catchments – the management Implications and more.
Field Trip - Friday October 4th 2013:
Our trip will take us through a landscape of outstanding beauty within a special area of conservation; Wicklow National Park touching on many lakes which have a variety of uses and items of interest. The trip will include lunch and is subject to changes.
The trip will begin with Lough Dan & Lough Tay enroute to Glendalough. Famous for its beauty and use in filming for movies and documentaries, these lakes are on our route towards the National Park and towards Glendalough.
Glendalough – the name Glendalough means ‘valley of two lakes’ and is an area of outstanding beauty as well as of cultural, spiritual and historical significance. The 2 lakes are simply named, Upper Lake and Lower Lake, Glendalough; both are Water Framework Directive lakes and the former, which once had a population of Char, is on the monitoring programme.
Blessington Lakes/ Poulaphuca Reservoir - this is a monitored Water Framework Directive heavily modified water body which is a drinking water source serving Dublin and a popular amenity area for fishing, boating and walking with an Adventure Centre on its shores.
Turlough Hill - is a fort-like man-made reservoir and is an Electricity Supply Board (ESB) pumped storage hydro-electric station. It is one of two Artificial Water bodies identified under the Characterisation Report for the Water Framework Directive.
Lough Nahanagan - is a corrie lake that has been transformed into the lower lake of the Turlough Hill hydroelectric power plant. It is a designated heavily modified water body under the Water Framework Directive but it is unmonitored.
SWAN Members contact the SWAN Office if you are interested in attending
Ireland Environment Conference 2013
Croke Park 12th September
Environment Ireland, now in its ninth year, is Ireland’s major annual conference on environmental policy and management. The conference is organised in association with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It is attended each year by delegates representing all the main sectors with an interest in Ireland’s environment, and provides an important opportunity for all the key players in the environment sector to come together for networking and discussion.
For further details click here
Heritage Week Event at Bog Of Allen Nature Centre
Celebrate Heritage Week with the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council
On Sunday the 18th August the Bog of Allen Nature centre will be celebrating National Heritage Week. From 2-5pm the centre will be open for visitors to explore the peatland heritage of Ireland. The museum takes in all aspects of peatlands from the use of peat as a domestic fuel for heating and cooking in the home to the variety of wildlife found on the wet and wild habitat of Ireland’s peatlands. The wildlife gardens will be open to discover how you might enhance the wildlife in your own garden and how you can choose to garden without peat.
There will also be a talk on IPCC’s on-going ecohydrolgy study of Lodge Bog to include a visit to the study site with Conservation Officer Tadhg Ó Corcora. This method of study, involving analysis of the links between hydrological functioning and surface ecology, is now considered best practice and has been recommended to be carried out on all raised bogs of conservation concern in the country. It involves detailed analysis of the current hydrological state of the bog, both at the surface and lower in the groundwater system, which allows for mapping of the historical plant assemblages as well as today’s ecosystem functioning within the bog habitat.
Through analyzing what is going on below the ground can we get an insight into what the surface we see everyday has done historically and what it is likely to do into the future!
For further information contact 045-860133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is supported by Kildare County Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme.
Launch of Lollymore Island Looped Walk
In the middle of the bog a new looped walk has been developed. Lullymore Island is a rock that hasn’t been swallowed by the bog. Hidden on the island and in the bog, there are lots of stories waiting to be told; stories about the island and the bogs, its wildlife and history. The walk connects all these stories. Come and see it for yourself!
The Lullymore Island looped walk is being launched on Sunday 21st July at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Kildare. Special guest of the day is His Excellency Mr Paul Schellekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ireland. The day is led by Leonie Tijsma, Forestry and Nature Conservation student of the Van Hall-Larenstein University in the Netherlands, who has developed the walk as part of her study and in liaison with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC).
2:00pm – Centre opens, tea and coffee
2:15pm – Welcome, short explanation of the afternoon
2:30pm – Presentation about the Lullymore Island looped walk
3:00pm – Guided tour on part of the looped walk (appr. 3.5 km), Guided tours in the museum and garden, Pond dipping for children
4:30pm – Tea and coffee
Sunday 21st July. Meet at Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. If you want to attend the walk, please bring your walking boots or wellies, and rain gear in case of wet weather. For more information or to book your place on this free event, please contact the IPCC using email@example.com or telephone 045-860133
Coastwatch Workshop- Tackling Marine Litter
Implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive:
Tackling Marine Litter with Drinks Containers Case study
Monday May 27th 2013 Trinity College Dublin 9 am – 4 pm followed by reception
This workshop aims to
- Provide an overview of marine litter monitoring and reduction targets on the island of Ireland in the context of implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
- Explore and agree how to achieve full public participation in MSFD on the marine litter topic.
- Exchange information on waste management and marine litter avoidance initiatives
- Bring forward solutions to some marine litter problems, taking the drinks container deposit on return as case study for financial incentives, green jobs and a significant litter reduction.
- Inform and facilitate exchange of experience on avoiding new marine litter, products and materials which turn into problem marine litter.
View the workshop programme at Coastwatch Marine Litter workshop Dublin May 27 th
Coastwatch is carrying out an opinion poll on ways to tackle drinks container litter. You are likely to be among those who buy a bottle, can or tetra pack occasionally and even more likely to have been irritated by the empties littering shores and road sides. So what is your view on tackling this?
There are only 3 drinks questions in the poll - please click litter poll to respond. Thanks a mill!
Working Together for Biodiversity Conference
Date: 9.30am – 4.00pm 1st May 2013
Location: Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, County Louth
Action for Biodiversity Project is hosting a one-day conference about working positively together to achieve more for people and nature. The conference will explore biodiversity policy and practice at a European, National and Regional level. The conference aims to bring together a range of international and national speakers to share their experiences, demonstrate what collaboration and working together has achieved and can achieve for biodiversity. People who are recommended to attend are: Representatives from Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Third Level Institutes, NGO’s, Associations and individuals interested in biodiversity.
This workshop is free to attend. Register at
An Taisce National Spring Clean
Month of April 2013
National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognised and successful anti-litter initiative. Now in its 15th year, the campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean-ups in their own local environment. National Spring Clean traditionally takes place throughout the month of April.
For further details on how to take part and visit the website here
SEALING THE DEAL ON A GREENER CAP
Wednesday 10th April- Croke Park Conference Centre
The European Commission proposals for a new CAP were intended to make this policy greener and fairer. After one and a half years of negotiations the Irish Presidency is willing to find an agreement between the Council and the European Parliament and Commission. At the same time concerns are growing that this new CAP will not only fail to be greener but might even be going backwards in terms of impact on the environment.
This conference will represent a timely opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in the Parliament and Council with a focus on the key role the Irish Presidency will play in trying to seal the deal and that it will be a tailored platform to debate whether the original purpose and ambition of the reform can still be secured and how. This conference will also be the support for the launching of a study EEB commissioned to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) which assesses the use of equivalence
mechanisms for complying with greening requirements under the new CAP.
Registration is free. To register for this conference click here.
To view the programme click Draft Programme EEB conference in Ireland 02-04
ECO-UNESCO – Celebrate World Water Day 2013 22nd March
To mark World Water Day and highlight that 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation, ECO-UNESCO, Progressio Ireland and Engineers Without Borders, in the spirit of water co-operation, are jointly organising World Water Day. This event will take place in Dublin and will celebrate the value of water for human life and its fundamental role for peace and sustainable development.
To celebrate this special day we are inviting teachers and TY students to join us on Friday, March 22nd, between 10.00 and 12.30am at a convenient Dublin city centre venue (tbc) to discuss, explore and embrace water issues relevant here in Ireland and around the world.
We have a number of exciting activities planned for the event.
10.00am Welcome and opening address (Details of our inspirational speaker will be announced shortly)
10.20am Students split into three groups and are introduced to the workshops. The groups will take part in 2 workshops (45 minutes each).
10.30am – 12.00pm Workshops
12.00pm – 12.30pm Introduction of Water Challenge and closing of event
For more information visit their website here
Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2013
The 2013 Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will cover a wide range of topics with specific focus in the morning session on ‘recent advances in freshwater fish biology’. Advance registration and payment of the €15 non-refundable booking fee is necessary click here
To see the programme list click here
Date: Friday, 8th of March 2013
Location: University College Cork
Estimating the effects of land-use and catchment characteristics on lake water quality: Irish lakes 2004-2009
by John Curtis and Edgar Morgenroth (ESRI & TCD)
to be delivered
Thursday 7th February 2013 at 6.00 pm
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Abstract: This paper attributes the variation in water quality across Irish lakes to a range of contributory factors such as human population, septic tanks, urban waste water treatment, phosphorous excreted by livestock, as well as catchment soil and geology. Both linear and non-linear quadratic models were estimated in the analysis, which attempts to account for point and non-point sources of pollution affecting water quality in 216 lake catchments. The models show a clear link between activities within lake catchments (e.g. agriculture, population, etc.) and lake water quality, finding that the relationship is neither simple nor linear. The analysis also shows that it is important to account properly for the type of and intensity of land-use particularly in relation to agriculture.
for full paper click here
Non-members are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion
Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2013
Organising committee: Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC), Pascal Sweeney (Sweeney Consultancy), Dr. Mary Kelly-Quinn (UCD), Dr. Ian Donohue (TCD), Dr. Eugenie Regan (National Biodiversity Data Centre), Maria Walsh (National Biodiversity Data Centre). The 2013 Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will cover a wide range of topics with specific focus in the morning session on ‘recent advances in freshwater fish biology’. Advance registration and payment of the €15 non-refundable booking fee is necessary at:
If you’d like to give a presentation on your research please email a title and abstract (150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 22nd of January 2013.
Date: Friday, 8th of March 2013
Location: University College Cork
Cork Environmental Forum Annual Environmental Awards Event 2012
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork City
13th December 2012 7pm – 9.30pm
For more information please click here