Challenges face Ireland’s environment, as well as its economy

Date released: Sep 08 2008

The annual Environment Ireland conference runs this Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin.  The theme of the conference is Achieving a Sustainable Ireland.

“At a time when Ireland’s economy is facing difficult challenges, it is important not to lose sight of the environment”,
said Dr Mary Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“There are many environmental issues, including legacy issues around waste, waste water, and contaminated land, which must be tackled,”
she continued. 

“Whilst the biggest challenge of all is limiting and adapting to climate change, each of these areas requires immediate investment if they are to be dealt with.”

The environmental goals set out in the EPA’s strategy 2020 Vision highlighted six themes, which reflect the key issues for environmental protection.  All Irish citizens are entitled to expect ‘Clean Air’, ‘Protected Water Resources’ and ‘Protected Soil and Biodiversity’.  ‘Limiting and Adapting to Climate Change’, ‘Sustainable Use of Resources’ and ‘Integration and Enforcement’ are key actions that need to be pursued vigorously to ensure a sustainable society.  The EPA is now engaging with other organisations to achieve the targets set out in this strategy.

Dr Kelly said:

“Addressing many of these challenges will be difficult and, therefore, all sectors of society must work together.  An integrated approach from organisations across the public sector will be required to tackle these important environmental issues, particularly in light of the current difficult economic times.”

The Environment Ireland conference is the perfect opportunity for people from varied backgrounds and interests to meet and network.  Ireland is a small country, which affords us the chance to work together in partnership to face up to the challenges ahead.

Download the conference programme from the EPA website. The conference presentations will be available on-line on conclusion of the conference.

Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)

Notes to Editor:
Environment Ireland, now in its fourth year, is Ireland’s largest conference on environmental policy and management, and is organised by bmf conferences in association with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The conference, which is attended annually by over 300 delegates, will be held for the first time in Croke Park conference centre on the 9th and 10th September 2008.

The conference brings together, at the highest level, all those individuals and organisations with an interest in environmental policy and management.  The conference aims to create a genuine, in-depth understanding of those areas where environmental issues impact on the island of Ireland as a whole and how progress can be made on them.

Environment Ireland 2008 will look across a number of key policy issues including sustainable development; climate change; environmental regulation; clean technologies; waste management; water resources and environmental policy.

Download the full conference programme now.