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Policy and Legislation (2007)

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Policy and Legislation (2007)

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The main activities for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive will take place in the context of River Basin Management Projects led by local authorities. The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has promoting the establishment by local authorities of such projects to address all inland and coastal waters and these are been funded under the National Development Plan.

The overall objective of River Basin Management Projects is to establish an integrated monitoring and management system for all waters within a RBD, to develop a dynamic programme of management measures and to produce a River Basin Management Plan, which will be updated every six years.

Central to the Water Framework Directive is a requirement for Member States to encourage the active involvement of all interested parties in its implementation.

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of European and National legislation relevant to the objective of the project, giving particular emphasis to the Water Framework Directive.

WRBD Legislative Review _ Final_June_2007.pdf  Download  
SWRBD Policy and Legislation Report.pdf  Download  
SouthEastern_Policy_and_Legislation.pdf  Download  
shannonpolicy_and_legislation_report.pdf  Download  
ERBD Policy, Legislation and Authorities - Main Report.pdf  Download  
ERBD Policy, Legislation and Authorities - FrontPage.pdf  Download  
ERBD Policy, Legislation and Authorities - Comments.pdf  Download  
ERBD Policy, Legislation and Authorities - Appendices.pdf  Download  


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.