An Fóram Uisce – the Water Forum is a statutory body, established in June 2018, to provide a platform for public engagement on all matters relating to water as an environmental, social and economic resource. The Water Forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders to debate and analyse a range of issues with regard to water quality, rural water concerns, issues affecting customers of Irish Water and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland.

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To advise the Minister in relation to Government water policy having regard to amongst other things, the following:

  • water conservation
  • rural water services
  • the interests of the customers of Irish Water
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To make recommendations to Irish Water

  • in relation to the performance by Irish Water in its functions, and
  • when requested in writing in that behalf by Irish Water, on any policy document prepared by Irish Water
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To advise and provide observation to the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU)

  • in relation to the performance by Irish Water in its functions, and
  • when requested in writing in that behalf by Irish Water, on any policy document prepared by Irish Water
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To advise the Water Policy Advisory Committee (WPAC)

  • in relation to any River Basin Management Plan and implementation of the plan
  • on matters pertaining to the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive
  • on matters concerning the management of the inland aquatic environment and water resources
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To examine such other water-related matters including carrying out research concerning those matters, as the Minister requests the Forum to examine and to advise the Minister accordingly.

In addition to the above, the Water Forum endeavours to enhance public understanding of the value of water and the water environment. It advocates on the need for and benefits of meaningful public engagement and education on water resource management.

Ireland’s waters are clean, healthy and life enhancing, supporting biodiversity and providing a basis for community wellbeing and economic sustainability.
  1. Provide a unique and robust platform for stakeholder engagement and agreement on key issues concerning Ireland’s waters.
  2. Be a proactive and authoritative national statutory body, leading on water policy, management and governance.
  3. Bring scientific recommendations to policy through analysis, dialogue and sense making.
  4. Lead on innovation in experimental governance and futures thinking.
  5. Advocate for the need for and benefits of meaningful public engagement and education on water resource management.

To lead on initiatives to enhance education and awareness of the value of and threats to water by developing and sharing resources, disseminating research and policy positions and encouraging learning about water

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We provide a platform for stakeholder engagement and dialogue on all matters relating to water as an environmental, economic and social asset.

  • We build the capacity of our members to engage in the dialogue
  • We build and maintain relationships
  • We manage/bridge the tensions between primary interests and the common good
  • We partner with key agencies to leverage expertise, insight, knowledge and research outputs
  • We broker perspectives to explore the costs and benefits of competing interests
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We provide a strong, independent voice on water quality, conservation and future proofing.

  • We reflect a diversity of voices to form a composite view on policies, technical, governance and community solutions
  • We gather intelligence, science and best practice through external input and commissioned research
  • We make sense of and disseminate information through conferences, media and workshops
  • We explore futures thinking and aspire to drive transformational change
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We act as an integral governance component in the management of Ireland’s water resources.

  • We develop effective relationships with Government Departments, Irish Water (IW), Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), rural water services and with other relevant bodies through emergent experimental governance approaches
  • We look to international best practice in water governance • As a component of the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) structures, we raise emerging concerns in relation to the implementation process
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We develop strategic responses to water policy issues.

Determined by the priorities within the Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management Plan:

  • We develop policy submissions and positions based on research, external expertise, agency input and dialogue
    We invest in a learning mindset to develop, change and integrate perspectives
  • We promote an integrated systems approach to water management and governance

 

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