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The Water Forum launches secondary schools module on ‘The global impacts of how we use water’

Happy Earth Day 2024. Today, 22 April, The Water Forum launches it’s second schools module on The global impacts of how we use water.

The module is suitable for secondary school teaching and learning.  It will be particularly useful for teaching the new Leaving Cert Subject Climate Action and Sustainable Development or for Transition Year. The module comprises a resource book for teachers that includes 5 lesson plans, the supporting Power Point presentations and links to additional information.

There is also a student workbook. The module is designed so that students develop skills in critical thinking, debating, sharing information and communication. The module was developed by Maigue Rivers Trust with academics from Mary Immaculate College with the support of the Water Forum.

Schools Module on the Global impacts of our water use is now available.

Learn more:

Schools module resources: The global impacts of how we use water

Teachers Resource

Student Workbook

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.