Ireland’s waters are one of our major natural resources. Plentiful availability of good quality water offers a significant competitive advantage to sectors such as agriculture, industry and tourism.
Water is a resource that must be carefully managed, and improving water quality status is a national priority for Ireland.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a statutory role in coordinating environmental research. EPA Research’s water pillar deals with groundwater, surface water, transitional and coastal water; as well as wastewater, drinking, bathing and shellfish waters.
The overall aim of the water pillar is to support relevant water policy and to protect our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Ireland.
The thematic areas under EPA Research’s Water Pillar for 2014-2020 will be:
- Theme 1: Safe Water
- Theme 2: Ecosystem Services and Sustainability
- Theme 3: Innovative Water Technologies
- Theme 4: Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources
- Theme 5: Emerging and Cross-cutting Issues
It will support the emerging policy & implementation research needs in relation to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), as well as marine research considerations to support to the formulation and implementation of policies.
DROPLET – Database of Research Outputs: Projects, Literature and Environmental Technologies
DROPLET (Database of Research Outputs: Projects, Literature and Environmental Technologies) is the EPA’s new, easy-to-use interactive web application for exploring information about projects which have been funded in Ireland on Water Research.
It has been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency but includes projects from many other funders of environmental research in Ireland.
Check it out and register to submit information on your projects.
DROPLET welcomes your comments on our new interface – please send them to email@example.com