Lough Derg has been described as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the mid western region. It is rich in wildlife with its many islands offering excellent habitat. It contains significant stocks of wild brown trout, pike, perch, roach and bream. More Info
The River Barrow is Ireland’s second longest river and flows through some of the most beautiful natural scenery and has rich variety of wildlife. The banks of the river are an idyllic habitat for mallards, moorhens, kingfishers, yellowhammers, butterflies and otters. More Info
‘The valley of the two lakes’ is a glacial valley formed during the last ice age. The beauty of the upper and lower lakes, the early medieval monastic settlement and surrounding mountains make this the most visited area of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. More Info
Named Anna Livia Plurabelle by James Joyce, the river Liffey rises in the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains and meanders for 125km before joining Ireland’s capital city and the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay. The Liffey has played a vital role in the business and cultural life of Dublin since before the Vikings rowed up it more than a thousand years ago. More Info
River Blackwater is 120kms (75miles) long, famous for its salmon and an important habitat for the populations of the Freshwater Pearl-mussel. The river is listed as a Special Area of Conservation (SACs). More Info
The lakebed of Lough Carra consists of marl (calcareous deposits) which gives the lake its characteristic, pale turquoise, translucent appearance. With 18 orchid species, the lakeshore has what is probably the best wild orchid site in the country. More Info
Presentations from the 2nd Workshop on Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower held in Brussels on 13-14 September 2011 can be downloaded here____________________________________________________
The importance of boundaries in international river management
Science for Environment Policy article: The importance of boundaries in international river management. DG Environment News Alert Service, European Commission.
A new study has compared the impacts of managing rivers according to two different boundaries in Europe and Africa: the physical boundary of the river itself and the socio-political boundaries of the nations and regions that surround it. To read the full article please click here.
Ireland noncompliant with the EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas.
Ireland has been asked by EU Commission to comply with EU legislation to draw up marine strategies to protect Ireland’s seas. Ireland has not informed the Commission about the transposition of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which should have been in place by 15 July 2010 and if it fails to do so the EU Commission may refer its case to the EU Court of Justice, which can lead to financial sanctions. Also delays in implementing the Directive lessen the chances of achieving good status of marine waters in Ireland and could have implications on Europe's seas.
To read the full press release please click here.
Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources
River Basin Management Plans 2009-2015 Information on availability by country
Following extensive consultations on Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans should since 22.12.2009 be available in all River Basin Districts across the EU.
The deadline for publishing River Basin management Plans (22.12.2009) and the deadline for reporting these plans to the Commission (22.3.2010) have expired ! The Commission services are currently assessing the status of the reports received.
To find out more about the River Basin Management Plans available in each River Basin District , as well as the status of consultations which are still ongoing in the different EU Member States please click here.
To view Ireland's River Basin Management Plans please click here.
For more information on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland please visit WFD Ireland website and Europa-European Commission-Water website