'Environmental Resilience' A new lecture series from the EPA and IIEA

Date released: December 01, 2020

  • EPA/IIEA Environmental Resilience Lecture Series will begin this Friday 4th December 2020.
  • International experts will address the following topics at public webinar events:
    • the circular economy,
    • air quality,
    • environmental governance,
    • sustainable waste management,
    • water quality and
    • climate change.

The lecture series aims to bring all stakeholders together behind a collective message of resilience, emphasising both the individual and societal responsibility to be good stewards of our shared environment – everyone has a role to play. By taking concerted efforts to improve air and water quality, by reimagining waste cycles, and by focusing on raising standards of environmental governance, we can address the pressing climate, ecological and biodiversity crises.

Speaking about the lecture series, EPA Director General Laura Burke said

“We are delighted to begin this partnership with the IIEA. Our shared environment has faced unprecedented pressures and continues to suffer from resource exploitation, inadequate environmental governance, and biodiversity degradation. However, by adopting nature-based solutions and implementing a circular model of production, consumption, and growth, together we can develop an environment that is resilient to such pressures.”

She continued:

“The EPA is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland. This series provides an excellent opportunity to hear the insights of international experts as they address the most critical environmental issues of our time.”

IIEA Director General, Michael Collins said

“We are delighted to work with the EPA on this lecture series. The issues covered are ones which will be central to all our lives in the decades ahead. The IIEA always seeks to be relevant in our work to share ideas, and this series on Environmental Resilience is pertinent, pressing and of great public interest. Collectively we must do everything we can to move to a position of ‘environmental resilience’. It is this journey that will be charted through each of the lectures in the series.”

Six virtual lectures will cover themes including the circular economy, air quality, environmental governance, sustainable waste management, water quality and climate change. International experts will address these topics at public webinar events.

Speakers will include:

  • John Bell, Director ‘Healthy Planet’, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General DG Environment, European Commission
  • Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council
  • Professor Jos Delbeke, European Investment Bank Climate Chair at EUI School of Transnational Governance 

You can register to join the first lecture series click External linkhere.

For further media information: Niamh Hatchell, EPA/ Darragh Moriarty, IIEA, darragh.moriarty@iiea.com / 087 737 0157

Notes to Editor

The Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is at the front line of environmental protection and policing.  We ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration. Find out more about the EPA on our website www.epa.ie.

The Institute of International and European Affairs
The IIEA is Ireland’s leading independent think tank and policy research institute. It acts as a forum, bringing together stakeholders to discuss issues of national, European and international significance.

For details of all upcoming IIEA events and publications, please visit External linkwww.iiea.com. To subscribe to the IIEA’s bulletin of upcoming events contact reception@iiea.com.