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Conference: Communities caring for water – 20 November 2021

Communities Caring for Water Conference 2021 is a joint initiative between The Rivers Trust and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). It’s an opportunity for people and communities engaged with their local water environment to share their stories and learn from others and takes place on Saturday 20 November 2021.

This year’s virtual conference will discuss forming new groups and actions we can take to make rivers projects successful .

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite: Communities Caring for Water 2021 Tickets, Sat 20 Nov 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite


09:30amWelcome and keynote addressMark Lloyd, The Rivers Trust, Ray Spain and Alan Walsh, LAWPRO
Keynote by Ella McSweeney
10:15amGetting started – forming new groupsJack Rogers, Boyne Rivers Trust,
Cathy Lee, Friends of the Ahare River
11:00amSupporting and learning from each
Liz Gabbet, Maigue Rivers Trust,
Michael O’Connor, IRD Duhallow
Liam Lysaght, NBDC and Fran Igoe, LAWPRO
12:15pmLandscape-scale action for rivers and
Gary Smyth, Moy Rivers Trust
Kaethe Burt- O’Dea, Bí-Urban
1pmPlanning for success in river projectsTrish Murphy, Inishowen Rivers Trust
Colm Gallagher, Cloughaneely Angling
1:45pmLaunch of Community Water Grant
Sheevaun Thompson, LAWPRO
1:50Closing remarksAnn Phelan, LAWPRO

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.