Water Framework Directive

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The Water Framework Directive was adopted in October 2000 (Directive 2000/60/EC) and establishes a framework to protect and restore water bodies across the EU and to ensure the long-term sustainable use of water.

The Directive’s overarching objective is to achieve good water quality in our rivers, lakes, estuaries and other coastal waters. This is to be achieved through catchment-based river basin management planning.

Member States are obliged to produce River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) that, amongst other things, set out a programme of measures to protect and restore water quality and ultimately meet the directive’s objectives. The first river basin management planning cycle covered 2009-2015. This second cycle plan will cover 2018-2021 with a third planning cycle covering the period 2022-2027.

The Second Cycle Draft River Basin Management Plan 2018 - 2021

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, published the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 on 28th February 2017. The draft Plan is subject to public consultation for six months from that date.

Public Consultation - How to get involved

Public consultation will run until 31st August 2017. The RBMP will be finalised by the end of 2017 and then submitted to the European Commission.

The draft RBMP (2018-2021) can be downloaded at:



Interested parties are invited to make written submissions or comments to help inform the development of the final plans no later than 5.30pm on Thursday, 31st August 2017.

Responses should be submitted by email, preferably in 'word' format, to RBMP@housing.gov.ie  

Alternatively, responses can be posted to:

River Basin Management Plan Consultation, Water and Marine Advisory Unit Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0.

Please Read Flyer below:

Draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021

Dréacht-Phlean Bainistíochta Abhantraí d'Eirinn 2018-2021