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Public consultation on the second Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan

Work is commencing on the development of the next Sustainable Development Goal National Implementation Plan which will set out arrangements for interdepartmental coordination and governance, stakeholder engagement and actions needed for further implementation of Agenda 2030.

The 2030 Agenda encourages countries to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into planning and policy, on both a national and international level. As a whole-of-government initiative overseen by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, each Minister has responsibility for implementing individual SDG targets related to their functions.

A fundamental objective of developing the next National Implementation Plan is listening to and integrating the voices of stakeholders and this is why we are launching the consultation process at the outset of developing the Plan. The approach is also reflective of the fact that the SDGs belong to everybody and that Governments need to work in partnership with society to achieve the Goals.

As part of the consultation process we want to hear from as many people as possible to:

  1. Assess the awareness of, and engagement with, the SDGs;
  2. Establish general opinion on progress made to-date; and
  3. Seek feedback and recommendations to inform the drafting and development of the next National Implementation Plan

In addition a sector-specific section has been included to determine the activity and support requirements in different sectors.  

Learn more:

Take part in this public consultation: Closing date is  10 September

Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) data hub:

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 4,829 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures 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 that will be implemented after public consultation and sign off by the Minister.