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Environmental resilience lecture series, 1 February: The Future of Water – Opportunity and Risk

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On Monday 1 February at 13:00, the EPA and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) will hold the second lecture in their series on environmental resilience. This lecture is on ‘The Future of Water: Opportunity and Risk’.

Mr Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council, will discuss the actions that the World Water Council is taking to promote international hydro-diplomacy to ensure global access to high quality water and sanitation infrastructure.

He will also highlight the important role that water strategies play in addressing environmental, climate and social transformations.

Mr Fauchon will also examine the state of international water security which poses a serious risk to environmental resilience, but also an opportunity to catalyze positive change. He will argue that equitable access to safe water is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

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Loïc Fauchon has served as President of the World Water Council since 2018. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of international advocacy for global water security and access to clean water. From 1991 to 2019, Mr Fauchon was CEO of the Water Supply Company of Marseille, leading a group of 15 companies. He is a member of the UN High-Level Panel on Water Related Disasters (HELP).

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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.