Mistakes of poor-planning on land risk being repeated at sea with Ireland’s first marine plan, SWAN commissioned report finds.

A SWAN commissioned research report released today which looks at Ireland’s plan for its marine area, the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF), has found that its lack of adequate spatial planning means the mistakes of poor planning on land risk being repeated at sea. The report further finds that the plan fails to meet a … Read more

Ukraine war should not be used to undermine transition to sustainable food production

Ukraine war should not be used to undermine transition to sustainable food production Civil society organisations call for urgent reassessment of Ireland’s role in global food security – highlighting risks and concerns with current food policies The Stop Climate Chaos coalition, the Environmental Pillar, and the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) have just written to the Minister for … Read more

SWAN is delighted to be a partner within the new Fair Seas campaign

Leading national environmental groups have joined forces to launch a new campaign to rapidly expand Marine Protected Areas in Irish Waters and SWAN is delighted to be a partner in the campaign. The Fair Seas campaign is calling for at least 10% of Irish waters to be designated as ‘Fully Protected’ by 2025 and at … Read more

Lack of action to address sewage problem out of step with public concern about water pollution

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is calling for immediate action from government to dramatically improve Ireland’s waste water infrastructure, following today’s publication of a report from the EPA on Urban Waste Water Treatment [1] and this week’s CSO Household Environmental Concerns survey [2], which found water pollution was the environment problem of most concern to … Read more

Renewable energy, marine habitats and coastal communities all at risk with Maritime Area Planning Bill 

National environmental groups are calling on the Government to ensure that the necessary time is given to the Maritime Area Planning Bill in order to protect and restore our marine environment and ensure that offshore renewables are truly sustainable. [1]  Ireland is marching itself towards widespread obstacles for renewable energy, longstanding depleted marine habitats and … Read more

SWAN joins the Environmental Pillar and Stop Climate Chaos in launching agriculture policy paper

Three leading environment and climate coalitions today published policy recommendations that could transform agriculture in Ireland, the sector with the most significant impacts on climate, biodiversity and water. Towards a New Agricultural and Food Policy for Ireland is the fruit of over 70 organisations’ collective labour and expertise, and was jointly published today by The … Read more

Leading water NGOs support environmental sector withdrawal from agri-food committee and warn of water quality crisis

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) supports the Environmental Pillar’s withdrawal from the 2030 Agri-Food Strategy Committee. The soon to be published 2030 Agri-Food Strategy is set to propose a ‘business-as-usual’ approach to food production, which perpetuates intensive agriculture and ignores calls for the dramatic policy shift needed to urgently address the multiple environmental crises we … Read more

Environmental groups support Oireachtas Committee call for major changes to flawed water abstraction Bill

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) welcomes the findings and recommendations of the report from the Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on the Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill expected for publication today. The network of 25 environmental organisations is urging the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to take on board the Committee’s … Read more