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Key note presentation at the national Water Conference 2010

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Water Governance

  1. 1. Water Governance - Fit for Purpose?<br />Dara Lynott<br />Deputy Director General<br />Environmental Protection Agency<br />
  2. 2. CARLBERG DON’T DO SCIENCE PROJECTS, BUT IF WE DID IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE BEST SCIENCE PROJECT IN THE WORLD<br />Water framework Science Project Directive<br />
  3. 3. We have………<br />Walked<br />Sampled<br />Mapped<br />Standardised<br />Assessed<br />Monitored<br />Classified<br />Analysed<br />Delineated<br />Characterised<br />
  4. 4. 963 River Water Bodies<br />322 lakes<br />98 Coastal and transitional waterbodies<br />
  5. 5. identified<br />pollution sources<br />investigated<br />assessed<br />investment<br />prioritised<br />measures<br />developed and updated<br />
  6. 6. Chief Suspects in the West<br />Suspect A - municipal wastewater treatment<br />Wanted for putting 70 rivers at risk <br />Suspect B – Agricultural diffuse pollution<br />Wanted For putting 91 rivers and14 lakes at risk <br />
  7. 7. Under Suspicion<br />Unsewered <br />properties:<br />For putting 13 rivers at risk <br />Forestry: For putting 51 river at risk <br />
  8. 8. VERDICT?<br />Achieve good status for 74%, of rivers by 2015 <br />Achieve 100% compliance over the two planning cycles to 2027. <br />
  9. 9. implementation<br />will be<br />coordinated<br />
  10. 10. Coordination for the WRBMP<br />Other Public Authorities ????<br />Other Government Departments ???<br />
  11. 11. The picture is much more complex<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>agencies deal with each other and
  13. 13. agencies deal with each other and</li></ul>framework legislation is driving regulators and policy-makers to look outside their sphere of authority and influence.<br />Requires<br />government departments <br />local authorities<br />public authorities<br />to reassess how they deal with each other <br />
  14. 14. Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies <br />May 2009<br />In undertaking their public service role, State bodies face a wide range of strategic, operational and financial risks, from both internal and external factors, which may prevent them from achieving their objectives. Risk management is a planned and systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and responding to these risks and providing assurances that responses are effective.<br />
  15. 15. Budgetary/ Financial resources <br />Resources/ Personnel<br />Legal and regulatory<br />Inter- Agency and Intra-agency<br />
  16. 16. Budgetary/ Financial <br />
  17. 17. Prioritised based on risk<br />WRBMP<br />€82.8 million at construction<br />€203.2 million due to start<br />€26.7 million water Conserv.<br />€34.7 million water Conserv. <br />due to start<br />
  18. 18. <br />Need<br />Resources<br />
  19. 19. Water Governance fit for purpose <br />Budgetary/financial resources<br />Regional prioritisation of spend underneath WSIP radar<br />
  20. 20. Inter/Intra Agency<br />Enforcement<br />Licensing<br />Planning<br />Infrastructure and operations<br />
  21. 21. <ul><li>agencies deal with each other and
  22. 22. agencies deal with each other and</li></ul>But….<br />When everyone<br />is responsible <br />then no-one <br />is responsible<br />
  23. 23. S.I. No. 122 of 2010<br />EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF<br />FLOOD RISKS) REGULATIONS 2010.<br />The Commissioners may, following consultation with such (if any) bodies or other persons as the Commissioners consider appropriate, issue guidance and general policy advice in relation to the implementation of these Regulations and, subject to subsection (6), the relevant public authorities shall have regard to any such guidance and advice.<br />(6) Subsection (5) shall not be construed as enabling the Commissioners to exercise any power or control in relation to the performance in particular circumstances by a public authority of its statutory functions.<br />
  24. 24. <br />Cooperation<br />Obligation<br />
  25. 25. Water Governance fit for purpose<br />Inter Agency/intra Agency <br />Integration supported by legislation<br />Regional enforcement plans<br />Regional regulatory forum<br />Regional planning supported <br />by RBMP environmental data<br />
  26. 26. Resources/ Personnel<br />
  27. 27. <br />Competency<br />Complexity<br />
  28. 28. <br />Increased Analysis<br />Capacity<br />
  29. 29. <br />Data<br />Flow<br />
  30. 30. Water Governance fit for purpose<br />Resources and Personnel<br />Register of water infrastructure staff,<br /> competency and requirements<br />3 Tier Laboratory Network with National monitoring forum<br />Data flows structures aligned to meet EU requirements – CMOD review<br />
  31. 31. Legal and regulatory<br />
  32. 32. Easier Implementation<br /><br />More Legislation<br /><br />Pollution Problems<br />Answers<br />
  33. 33. Water Governance fit for purpose <br />Legal and regulatory<br />A Water Protection Act <br />prepare groundwork for consolidated legislation <br />Derogations supported <br />by integrated research effort<br />
  34. 34. One Department or office within the public service is unlikely to ever be in a position to control all the necessary levers to ensure effective policy development and effective customer-centric implementation of an agreed policy. Using a Network approach; however, focuses on and encourages both formal and informal contacts across the public service, building on traditional Irish ways of problem solving. Networks of relevant departments, external agencies, relevant local authorities, etc. would use their pooled knowledge of on-the-ground issues, to identify and anticipate policy issues and come together to develop a consensus position, strategy and tactics to address the problem and an implementation and resourcing plan to achieve agreed-upon outcomes.1<br />1 – OECD Public management review – Ireland – Towards an integrated public service (P246)– OECD 2008<br />
  35. 35. Factors that influence collaboration<br />Scarcity of resources<br />Need to reducetransaction costs <br />Increase efficiencyof service provision<br />Desire to improvequality of services<br />
  36. 36. Western Waters that continues to inspire<br />Where the wandering water gushesFrom the hills above Glen-Car, In pools among the rushesThat scarce could bathe a star, We seek for slumbering troutAnd whispering in their earsGive them unquiet dreams; Leaning softly outFrom ferns that drop their tearsOver the young streams. Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wildWith a faery hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand<br />W.B. Yeats - The Stolen Child 1886<br />

Key note presentation at the national Water Conference 2010

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