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SWAN Research Project: ‘Physical modifications of Ireland’s water environment & implications for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives’

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) seeks a team of researchers to conduct a desk-based research project on physical modifications as a significant water management issue in Ireland.

This report will provide an evidence-based analysis of the impacts of physical / hydro-morphological alterations on Ireland’s surface water, groundwater and groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems (GWDTEs), including cumulative impacts and the implications for Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation and the meeting of WFD targets.

It will also provide a full review of EU and Irish policy, legislation and guidance relevant to physical / hydro-morphological alterations of water bodies, including a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current legislative and regulatory (incl. planning) system to control physical modifications in order to meet WFD objectives in Ireland. It will furthermore include a comparative study of control regimes in other jurisdictions, with a focus on EU Member States and best practice applicable to Ireland.

The research must be based on a wide range of national and international primary (peer-reviewed) and secondary literature, in addition to international case studies and best practice.

Based on the above research and literature review, the key output from the research will be a set of evidence-based recommendations setting out proposed actions to regulate and manage physical / hydro-morphological alterations in Ireland (incl. restoration) in order to meet WFD objectives.

An important element of the research project will be consultation with key experts, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders.

For a more detailed tender brief and further enquiries please email sobrien@swanireland.ie

The project budget will be in the region of €30,000 (including VAT).

Proposals should be submitted by email to Sinead O’Brien by Tuesday October 8th.