Co. Wicklow Environmental Network

Through our Environmental Network Co Wicklow PPN brings together groups with an interest in this topic to; discuss developments, share experience and views, and input to environmental policy within the County through; the PPN Environmental Representatives on a number of the County policy and decision making committees and through submissions.  Where possible input is also made to National discussions and policy, primarily through submissions. 

Issues Affecting Wicklow Rivers & Lakes - Have your Say

Monday 29th November 

Organised by Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) in collaboration with Co. Wicklow PPN.

The purpose of this session was to discuss the issues affecting Wicklow rivers and lakes, and what is proposed to protect and restore them. 

Local challenges facing our waters across Wicklow, raised at the session were noted by LAWPRO and will be included in their submission to the Consultation on the Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027.

For more information on this Consultation and to make an online submission visit the Virtual Consultation Room.


Click HERE to access details on the Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027.  
Consultation open until 31st March 2022.

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National Dialogue on Climate Action: PPN Community Conversation

Monday, 22nd March 2021

Co Wicklow PPN was invited by the Dept. of Environment, Climate and Communications to collaborate with them in piloting community conversations that would feed into the next Climate Action Plan.

The online climate conversations will provide an opportunity for representatives to meet virtually to explore their hopes, concerns, and ideas for local climate action. The conversation will be part of the broader National Dialogue on Climate Action – a forum of collaboration between citizens, the government and relevant agencies on a range of climate related issues. 

Click HERE to access the Climate Action Plan

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Let's Talk About Climate Change

Monday, 24 June 2019

This event, organised in collaboration with the Environmental Office of Wicklow County Council, provided an opportunity for people to hear about the Draft Wicklow County Council Climate Adaptation Plan and to develop a community submission to this Plan. 

Climate Change Leadership

The Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA), as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, hosted a public lecture exploring climate leadership with the potential to create a low carbon, climate resilient, and inclusive world presented by Dr Edward Cameron, PhD.

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Irish Environmental Network - Local Environmental Networks Gathering (Wicklow, Meath, Kildare, South County Dublin)

15 June 2019

The day began with a look at projects from Environmental Networks and other groups that can be replicated on a local level. Catherine O’Toole from the Irish Environmental Network introduced work of local networks, including the Local Environmental Networks of Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. The event also included an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals and A Biodiversity workshop.

Let's Talk About Planning

12 January 2019

“The future is not a place we are going to but one we are creating.”

The purpose of the meeting was to increase awareness of the Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly Draft Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) and encourage people to have their say by participating in the public consultation.

Judy Osborne’s (MSc Spatial Planning) presentation provided information about the National Planning Framework and the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy and how it could impact on Co Wicklow. She explained what the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy consists of the Key Principles underpinning it, the population potential for Co Wicklow and how this will factor into development.

Ian Lumley (An Taisce Advocacy Officer) spoke about applying the UN International Sustainable Development Goals at Regional and Local Level.

Let's Talk About Working Towards a Fossil Free Wicklow

14 November 2018

The Co Wicklow PPN Environmental Network met on 14th November 2018 to discuss the impact of fossil fuels on our environment and in regard to climate change. The recent announcement to extend the N11/M11 formed part of this discussion.

Let's Talk About The Sustainable Development Goals

Co Wicklow PPN invited communities to “Let’s Talk About the Sustainable Development Goals”. The meeting introduced groups to the Sustainable Development Goals so they could find out what they are and how they relate to every-day life here in Co Wicklow. Achieving the targets set within the Sustainable Development Goals will impact positively on communities in Co Wicklow and the world in general. Without realizing it many community groups are already actively pursuing these targets by doing the great work that they do. Local government also has a part to play and all local plans, developments and decision making must now contribute towards achieving the targets. The aim of the workshop was to show communities how local, national and global objectives connect and how the things we do in our communities can make a global difference.

Information Meeting - Trans-boundary Environmental Public Consultation Hinkley Point C

10 April 2018

On Tuesday April 10th 2018, a meeting was held to discuss “How the Proposed Expansion of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Programme Might Affect Ireland”. Attracta Uí Bhroin, of the Environmental Law Initiative at the Irish Environmental Network presented information about proposals to develop a new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C, only 150 miles from Ireland as well as considerations for geological storage for radioactive waste in Northern Ireland.

Discussions took place on the UK’s approach to the potential impacts on Ireland and Irelands readiness to respond to a serious nuclear incident, looking at: public health risks; impacts to agriculture; agri-foods and tourism; marine and the general environmental. From the information provided and the concerns raised from the meeting Co Wicklow PPN made a submission to Wicklow County Council, Government Ministers and The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in the U.K.

Inaugural Meeting of the Environmental Netowrk

6 December 2017

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, Co Wicklow PPN invited any groups with an interest in the environment to attend a meeting with the aim of establishing an environmental network. The meeting included a presentation from Moira Byrne, Wicklow County Council, about Climate Change and The Draft National Adaptation Framework – Planning for a Climate Resilient Ireland 2017.