SWAN Research Project:  Abstraction of groundwater & surface water in Ireland & 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 water abstraction as a significant water management issue in Ireland.

This report will provide an evidence-based analysis of the impacts of small and large scale abstractions 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 provide a full review of EU and Irish policy, legislation and guidance relevant to water abstraction, including a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current legislative and regulatory system to control abstractions and to meet WFD objectives.  It will furthermore include a significant comparative study of abstraction control regimes in other EU Member States and elsewhere, with a focus on best practise applicable in Ireland.  The research must be based on a comprehensive review of all relevant national and international peer-reviewed and secondary literature, in addition to international case studies.

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 control water abstractions in order to achieve sustainable water management, mitigate the pressure on surface water, groundwater & GWDTEs and meet WFD objectives.

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

A more detailed tender brief can be seen here: SWAN Abstractions Tender Invitation Document

The project deadline is July 30th 2015. The budget is in the region of €22,000 (including VAT).

Tender submissions should be sent by email to Sinead O’Brien at sobrien@swanireland.ie cc’ing info@swanireland.ie, quoting SW-AB-06 by 12 noon on March 6th 2015.


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Water Management, Water Framework Directive and Hydropower

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

The European Commission has produced a brochure on WFD objectives and implementation: Water is for life: How the Water Framework Directive helps safeguard Europe’s resources and a leaflet on the same topic.

Please note that the size of the brochure is 9.58MB


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

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