Changes to Republic of Ireland River Basin Districts for the 2nd Cycle River Basin Management Plans
For the 2nd Cycle, the Eastern, South Eastern, South Western, Western and Shannon River Basin Districts will be merged to form one national River Basin District. This is explained on the Environment Protection Agency website:
RBD - River Basin District
XRD - Cross border RBD
IRBD - International RBD
- Western Wales RBD
- Dee XRBD
- North Eastern RBD
- Neagh Bann IRBD
- North Western IRBD
Republic of Ireland:
1st Cycle River Basin Districts:
- Western RBD
- Shannon IRBD
- Eastern RBD
- South Eastern RBD
- South Western RBD
2nd Cycle River Basin Districts:
- National RBD
- International RBDs
This new national approach will require assessment and planning to be carried out at a variety of scales and the EPA is tasked with leading on the technical tasks with the support and assistance of local authorities. It has been decided that a national river basin plan should be supported by sub plans at sub-regional scales. The country will be divided into 46 catchment management units. The units are, in the main, based on the hydrometric areas already in use with the River Shannon being subdivided on the basis of the catchments of its major tributaries.
See the Significant water management issues consultation document for a map of the Catchment Management Units (page 9) and also for details of the new 3 tier governance structure for the WFD (page 25).
This SWMI consultation document also gives details of the 3 tier governance structure (page 25). A summary is also available on the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government website:
2nd Cycle River Basin Management Plans: 2015-2021
Work is now underway on the preparation of the next cycle of RBMPs covering the period up to the end of 2021. The RBMPs will describe the main pressures and activities affecting water status, set out the environmental objectives to be achieved up to 2021 and identify the measures needed to achieve these objectives. Draft RBMPs will be published by December 2016 and the plans will be finalised by the end of 2017.
In delivering the plans outlined above, Ireland is two years behind the timeframes stipulated in the WFD. Therefore, the second round of RBMPs in Ireland will be in place for 4 rather than 6 years and by the 3rd planning cycle Ireland should be back in alignment with the WFD timeframe.
2nd Cycle Timetable:
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