The National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study (CFRAMS) programme was set up in 2011 to deliver the requirements of the EU ‘Floods’ Directive as well as to deliver on core components of the 2004 National Flood Policy. The Floods Directive (2007/60/EC) requires that all Member States assess the risk of flooding on all water courses and coast lines, to map the flood extent and assets and humans at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce this flood risk. Its aim is to reduce and manage the risks that floods pose to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity. Under the Floods Directive Ireland was required to carry out a preliminary assessment by 2011 to identify the river basins and associated coastal areas at risk of flooding. These ‘areas of existing or foreseeable future potentially significant flood risk’ (‘Areas for Further Assessment, or ‘AFA’s) then require the development of flood risk maps by 2013. The OPW as lead agency are running a year behind schedule and as a result of this we are only now entering the consultation phase on the FloodRisk Maps. These maps must identify areas with a medium likelihood of flooding (at least a 1 in 100 year event) and extreme events or low likelihood events, in which expected water depths should be indicated. In the areas identified as being at risk the number of inhabitants potentially at risk, the economic activity and the environmental damage potential shall be indicated.

Public Consultation Days are taking place around the country. These meetings will provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on the regional flood risk maps. These public consultations will feed into the flood risk management plans (FRM Plans), which will set the objectives for managing the flood risk within the AFAs and set out a prioritised set of measures for achieving those objectives by 2015. Members of the CFRAM Study project teams will be available to discuss and explain the maps to all attending on the day and to collate any local flooding information.SWAN executive are not planning to participate in this consultation, although SWAN members shouldengage at local level. Some of the public consultation dates have already been and gone. Fortunately however the Draft Flood Maps are available for comment online from the date of the public consultation meetings. Interested persons may therefore provide observations on the Draft Flood Maps at the public consultation events and/or through the study website. Upcoming events can be found via the provided links or by referencing the provided table below.

The Shannon CFRAM Study Area: http://shannoncframstudy.ie/gettinginvolved.aspx

The Eastern CFRAM Study Areahttp://www.eastcframstudy.ie/

The South East CFRAM Study Area: http://www.southeastcframstudy.ie/

The South West CFRAM Study Area: http://www.southwestcframstudy.ie/

The Western CFRAM Study Area: http://www.westcframstudy.ie/public-consultation.aspx

The North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Studyhttp://www.northwestcframstudy.ie/