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11. Engaging society in water challenge - Sharon Kennedy - Water Event 2019

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This presentation was given at the EPA’s National Water Event 2019, which took place on 29 and 30 May 2019 in Galway. This presentation by Sharon Kennedy from An Forum Uisce is on engaging society in water challenge.

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11. Engaging society in water challenge - Sharon Kennedy - Water Event 2019

  1. 1. Civic Offices, Limerick Road Nenagh, Co. Tipperary Civic Offices, Limerick Road Nenagh, Co. Tipperary ENGAGING SOCIETY IN WATER CHALLENGE MAY 2019
  2. 2. THE CENTRALITY OF WATER There is a need for greater public awareness on the centrality of high quality water, both as an end in itself but also as a barometer of the wider environmental and eco system health.
  3. 3. ENGAGING SOCIETY Understanding that water is a scarce resource to be protected and shared as a most precious good.
  4. 4. ENGAGING SOCIETY Getting the balance between Economic demands & environmental impacts; Private goods & common goods Knowledge & influence
  5. 5. TAPPING INTO DRIVERS – PERSONAL & COMMUNITY AWARENESS UNDERSTANDING ENGAGING ACTIVE PARTICIPATION EVIDENCE OF IMPACT
  6. 6. TAPPING INTO DRIVERS – STAKEHOLDER CONCERNS AND INTERESTS LEVELS OF INFORMATION AND INFLUENCE BALANCE OF POWER CONVERGENCE OF BUSINESS & ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES
  7. 7. TAPPING INTO DRIVERS – STATE AGENCIES LEGISLATION AND POLICIES POLITICAL WORLD LIMITED RESOURCES URGENT V IMPORTANT
  8. 8. STRATEGIC PRIORITY 7
  9. 9. PUBLIC CONSULTATION RANGE OF TERMINOLOGY CAUSING CONFUSION DEFINING ‘THE PUBLIC’ CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
  10. 10. PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN WATER GOVERNANCE • Project to enable and support useful, evidence- based recommendations on the delivery of effective public engagement in ICM. • Feeding into 3rd Cycle of River Basin Management Plan. • Best practice in Ireland, EU and further. • Equity and inequity • Relationship between science and community knowledge
  11. 11. PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESSES • Information – up to date, relevant, well presented • Use of text supported by data, maps, info- graphics etc. • Notifications • Timelines • Facilitating interaction
  12. 12. STRATEGIC PRIORITY 6
  13. 13. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS • Water environment & water services • Water pollution • Conservation • Sustainable use of water
  14. 14. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS • Translating and socialising the science for public dissemination; • Communicating relevant information amongst and between the various bodies and the public; • Exploring policy implementation relevance; • Research programme.
  15. 15. THE CHALLENGE To increase the consciousness of the public of the vulnerability of our water resource and on the interplay between individual behaviour, community, sectoral and societal norms and national policies.

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