We all live in water catchments and depend on water…
Speakers announced for the EPA Water Conference on 16 and 17 June 2021
This year’s EPA Water Conference will be held online on 16 & 17 June 2021. This year’s theme is Water: integrating policy and practice. The conference is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
Expert speakers will share their knowledge on how to protect & improve water quality in Ireland.
There will be opportunities to network, communicate with fellow attendees and participate in polling and Q&A sessions. There will be a panel discussion with questions and answers moderated by Tom Collins, An Fórum Uisce, on the second day.
You can register for free now at https://ti.to/waterconference/2021
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Water Conference Programme
Download the 2021 EPA Water Conference Programme PDF
|Wednesday 16 June||Day 1||Chair: Dr Eimear Cotter, Director, EPA Office of Evidence and Assessment|
|09:15||Log in to conference|
|09:30||Welcome and introduction|
|Session 1: Setting the Scene|
|09:35||Opening address||Laura Burke, EPA Director-General|
|09:50||Integrating water and environment policy and protection||Dr Stéphane Isoard Head of Group, Water and Marine, European Environment Agency|
|10:10||Ireland’s third River Basin Management Plan||Feargal Ó’Coigligh, Assistant Secretary, Water Division, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage|
|10:30||Water governance in Ireland: a review of structures and processes||Dr Richard Boyle, Independent Research Consultant|
|Session 2: Opportunities for multiple benefits|
|11:40||Valuing ecosystems||Prof. Jane Stout, Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin|
|12:00||Managing Ireland’s marine resources – the benefits of an integrated approach||Caitríona Nic Aonghusa, Section Manager for Marine Spatial Planning & Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Marine Institute|
|12:20||Opportunities for water quality from bog rehabilitation||Enda McDonagh, Environmental Manager, Bord na Móna|
|13:00||Close of Day 1|
|Thursday 17 June||Day 2||Chair: Mary Gurrie, Water Progamme Manager, EPA Office of Evidence and Assessment|
|09:00||Log in to conference|
|09:15||Welcome and introduction|
|Session 3: Looking forward – pressures and solutions|
|09:20||Standardisation of National Climate Services: supporting water decision making||Keith Lambkin, Senior Climatologist, Met Éireann|
|09:35||What does the new Drinking Water Directive mean for water protection?||Dr Michelle Minihan, Senior Inspector, Drinking Water, EPA Office of Environmental Enforcement|
|09:50||Securing drinking water supplies into the future||Angela Ryan, Water Resources Specialist, Irish Water|
|10:05||AgriFood 2030: the future for agriculture||Tom Arnold, Chair, 2030 Agri-Food Strategy Committee|
|Session 4: Working with communities: valuing water|
|11:15||Communities and water: a vision for the future||Bernie O’Flaherty, Regional Coordinator, Local Authority Waters Programme|
|11:30||Behavioural change: learning from SEAI’s work with communities||Ruth Buggie, Sustainable Energy Communities Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland|
|11:45||The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan: sharing stories to change behaviour||Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Chair of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, National Biodiversity Data Centre|
|12:00||Citizen Science: DCU’s Water Blitz||Dr Susan Hegarty, Dublin City University Water Institute|
|12:15||Panel discussion with questions and answers||Chair: Professor Tom Collins, Chair, An Fóram Uisce / The Water Forum|
|12:50||Summary & closing remarks||Dr Tom Ryan, Director, EPA Office of Environmental Enforcement|
|13:00||Close of day 2|