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The Water Forum – webinar on public participation in catchment management
The Water Forum is hosting a webinar on 3 February 2022 from 10:00 – 12:30 to discuss best practice in public participation in catchment management and why such engagement is essential to achieve the transformative changes necessary in the next decade for water, biodiversity and climate.
The Water Forum, a stakeholder body comprising individuals, environmental organisations, community groups and businesses who advise the Minister on water policy, is an advocate for the need for public participation and engagement in catchment management. Meaningful public engagement provides groups, businesses and individuals with an opportunity to input to the development and implementation of environmental actions at local catchment level for water, biodiversity and climate outcomes.
The Water Forum will host a webinar on 3 February at 10am to discuss how the gap can be bridged between the national policies and plans and the desire among citizens to deliver outcomes for the natural environment. Academics will present research on best practice in public participation and tools for delivering such participative and deliberative democracy programmes.
Organisations and community groups already involved in developing and delivering water and biodiversity plans and actions at local level will discuss their learnings and what further supports and frameworks will be required to achieve real progress towards meeting the objectives of national policies which impact water, biodiversity and climate.
‘The Forum would like to encourage anyone with a role in public participation, or who would like to learn more about approaches to public engagement for environmental outcomes, to attend the webinar’.Connie Rochford, Water Forum member and acting Chair
|Welcome and introduction to the day
|Session 1: Public participation for water quality, climate change mitigation and biodiversity
|The Framework for Integrated Land and Landscape Management FILLM; Gretta McCarron
|An introduction to best practice in public participation; Dr Patrick Bresnihan, Maynooth University
|Participatory and deliberative approaches to climate mitigation – Imagining 2050 project; Dr Clodagh Harris, UCC
|Deliberative democracy tools – Imagining 2050 project; Dr Alexandra Reves, UCC
|Panel discussion and Q&A
|Break and POLL
|Session 2: Public participation in practice
|Learnings from Ballinderry & Oriel Rivers and Coastal Catchment Association; Mark Horton, Rivers Trust Ireland
|Roles of Catchment communities in protecting water, nature and heritage; Micheál O’Cinneide, Corrib Beo
|Using biodiversity to engage communities on catchment actions; Sean Corrigan, National Federation of Group Water Schemes
|Enabling community engagement and participation, learnings from the second cycle; Fran Igoe, LAWPRO
|Panel discussion and Q&A POLL Results