North South Shared Aquatic Resources Projects
Dept. of Environment, Community, and Local Government (Republic of Ireland), Dept. of Environment (Northern Ireland).
RPS was commissioned to provide consultancy services for the North South Shared Aquatic Resources Project, the NS2 Project and the NS2 Extentsion Project, all Water Framework Directive implementation projects.
A multi-disciplinary approach was adopted, with specialist project teams addressing specific areas of interest while maintaining communication with other teams and stakeholders, under the coordination of an overall project core team.
The projects included:
Characterisation of the districts, their waters, pressures and physical characteristics
Development of River Basin Management Plans
Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Directive Assessment
Significant stakeholder consultation and public participation
Development of ecological classification tools
Development of a national WebGIS viewer (WaterMaps) covering all water bodies nationally and providing background information to stakeholders in support of the River Basin Management Plans
Development of a national database of the status, protected area interests, objectives and programme of measures for all surface and groundwater bodies
Development of a measures prioritisation procedure
Prepararion of the WFD Article 13 reporting to the EU WISE System
Liaison with with Northern Ireland authorities to ensure agreement on status and objectives for cross-border surface and ground water bodies
Development of Water Management Unit Action Plans for smaller sub catchments within the wider River Basin Districts.