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EPA Climate Change Conference 2023: Climate change on the ground: land use, land use change and forestry

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Registration is now open for the EPA Climate Change Conference 2023 Climate change on the ground: land use, land use change and forestry with Professor Jim Skea as keynote speaker. This event will be on Thursday 25 May 2023 from 9.30-16:30 in Dublin Castle & online.

About the conference

“Land plays an important role in the climate system… Agriculture, forestry and other types of land use account for 23% of human greenhouse gas emissions… At the same time natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry” (IPCC Working Group III)

It is in this global context that land, land use change and forestry is currently being considered at a national level in Ireland. 

This conference will highlight the data, evidence and emerging research in the land use area in Ireland from a scientific, policy and practical perspective. Speakers will bring diverse perspectives and insights on land use and climate policies including food systems and agriculture, farming, the co-dependencies and benefits across climate, water quality, biodiversity, and society.

In addition to prestigious keynote speakers, this event will include panel Q & A sessions on:

  • land and climate science
  • the relationship between land use, society, food systems
  • multiple benefits from climate action

The conference agenda and speakers will be published in due course on the event website. Virtual links will be circulated in advance of the event.

The EPA 2023 Climate Conference

Who should attend?

The event will be relevant to policy makers, Local and Regional Governments, Agencies, NGOs, Academics, and professionals dealing with Climate Change challenges. Venue Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle and live streamed online.


Thursday 25 May 2023 9:30am – 4:30pm (with in-person registration from 9:00am, online login from 9:15am)


For further information in relation to the programme please email or, for booking assistance please email


EPA National Climate Change Conference 2023 (

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.