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Project Summary

The overall NS SHARE study area of 26,877 km² is equivalent to around ¼ of the land area of the island of Ireland and is a major river basin project.

The Neagh-Bann International River Basin District itself lies to the east of the project area and includes Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland, and the Bann River, which runs into and out of Lough Neagh. The Neagh Bann RBD has total area of 8,085 km² including the marine elements. It drains parts of counties Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh, Tyrone, Derry / Londonderry, Antrim and Down. See the interactive map below showing the location of the River Basin District.

Interactive map showing the River Basin Districts
North Western International River Basin District Neagh Bann International River Basin District North Eastern River Basin District

The largest portion of this River Basin District lies within Northern Ireland where the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) will co-ordinate the implementation of the WFD, in conjunction with the Local Authorities on the Republic of Ireland side.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen inter-regional capacity for environmental monitoring and management capacity at the river basin district level, to improve public awareness and participation in the water management issues and to protect and enhance the aquatic environment and dependent ecosystems.

The NS Share River Basin District project is the vehicle for delivering the objectives of the WFD within the North South Share River Basin Districts between August 2004 and March 2008.

The following is a summary list of tasks set to achieve the objectives of the WFD in the NS SHARE Project:

  1. Development of ecological Classification Systems for water quality;
  2. Develop a mechanism to define Heavily Modified Water Bodies (HMWB) and Artificial Water Bodies (AWB); and determine the maximum ecological potential achievable;
  3. Produce a list of relevant dangerous substances and proposals for Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for the candidate list. Review the analytical capabilities of the Relevant Agencies;
  4. Initial Characterisation of the Study Area;
  5. Prepare a register of protected areas;
  6. Prepare a pressure and impact analysis to identify to what extent human activities may be placing the attainment of the WFD environmental objectives at risk;
  7. Economic Analysis of water use;
  8. Geographical Information Systems and mapping;
  9. Review of monitoring needs;
  10. Further characterisation and the identification of significant water management issues;
  11. Development of a programme of measures;
  12. Prepare River Basin Management Strategies;
  13. Interested Party Participation
  14. Capacity building
  15. Harmonisation of methods/approaches to implementation of the WFD between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

For further information on these issues you may find the European Commission website on the Water Framework Directive at http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/water-framework/index_en.html to be of use.

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