The progress of the TRAP project to date in the South West Region of Ireland is outlined below. 

For more details contact Bryan Riney in the South West Regional Authority on briney@swra.ie or (021) 487 6877


What’s required in our region? 


- Governance and coordination gap


- Monitoring and science mostly in place


- Lack of an integrated catchment approach


- Measures and actions from RBMP’s haven’t hit the ground in terms of impact






In addition the “EU Review of the Water Framework Directive (Nov  2012): Report on  Ireland” states:


“Responsibility for the implementation of the WFD is split between a number of local and national authorities, which has made the process more challenging to coordinate.”










How do we address these issues? 


Answer: import a relevant good practice. 





After preparing a regional Needs Anayysis report it was decided to import a Good Practice from the UK i.e. Catchment Plans to support WFD Implementation (GP26 from the Rivers Trust, UK). This Good practice aims to: 


• Develop a shared understanding of the current problems in the catchment


• Enable better access to information about the water environment


• Ensure co-ordinated action that will address these problems and deliver benefits for the environment and population 





The main characteristics of the Good Practice are: 


• Collaborative working to capture local knowledge 


• Framework for the existing organisations to work together in order to provide an integrated approach to catchment management


• Captures pressures at a much more detailed and local scale


• Gains commitment from stakeholders to catchment actions and ambitious targets










How will this good practice implemented in Ireland?


Answer: Focus on a local catchment in the South West Region of Ireland and apply the Good Practice to this area. 





TRAP and the IRD Duhallow LIFE project are working in partnership to prepare a “River Allow Catchment Action Plan”. This aims to: 


  • Provide a framework for an integrated approach to catchment management
  • Develop a shared understanding of the current problems in the catchment
  • Encourage a process of collaborative working to capture local knowledge 
  • Learn from good practices in the UK