River Basin Management Planning

River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) are a requirement of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). Through RBMPs, member states must outline how they intend to achieve good ecological status in their waters. RBMPs should outline the characteristics and the status of the waters in the region they cover, and crucially, the pressures experienced by each water body. RBMPs must set out key measures and a clear approach to address the outlined pressures in order to ensure the protection and restoration of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters over a six year period.

Ireland’s first River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) was published in 2009, the second in 2018 to run until 2021, and the third RBMP is due to be published by the end of 2022 and will run until 2027. It was published in draft for public consultation ,with a deadline for comments by 31st of March 2022. Please find SWAN’s submission to the draft in the Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 page linked below.

SWAN participates in consultative processes as part of the Government’s river basin management planning. 

River Basin Management Plan 2009 – 2014

River Basin Management Plan 2018 – 2021

Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027

SWAN has a campaign to get our asks adopted in the River Basin Management Plan. Find out more on our campaign page.