Reimagining Irish Rivers: Working with Nature

March 22 & March 23
Free Online Conference
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This two half-day conference (coinciding with World Water Day) will explore Restoration, Management, Biodiversity and River Communities and will bring together the science, practices and communities invested in healthy rivers. Session themes include:-

  • Managing river flow
  • Tackling biodiversity threats in our river catchments
  • Catchment management through partnership working
  • Achieving for rivers with small resources

Organisers: Limerick – Limerick City & County Council (European Green Leaf City 2020), Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), The Rivers Trust, Mary Immaculate College (Geography) and The Maigue Rivers Trust

Conference Programme

MORNING 1 9.00-13.00
Keynote: Rewilding Pádraic Fogarty (Irish Wildlife Trust)
Riparian Management William Cormacan/Sam Birch (NPWS)

Hydromorphology – what does a natural river look like? Hamish Moir (cBEC)
Natural Flood Management: the potential, the process Dan Turner (The Rivers Trust)
The Irish context for Natural Flood Management Conor Galvin (OPW)
Dam and weir removal practical examples and procedural issues Alan Cullagh (IFI)
Invasive species threat and responses Collette O’Flynn (NBDC)
River Loobagh Giant Hogweed Control Fran Giaquinto (Indep. Consultant)
Biosecurity and conserving endangered crayfish Brian Nelson (NPWS)

MORNING 2 9.00-13.00
Catchment partnerships – Maigue & Inishowen Rivers Trusts Liz Gabbett/Trish Murphy
Bride – EIP Report Donal Sheehan
Mulkear – EIP Report Carol Quish
Allow – EIP Report Maura Walsh Maura Walsh
Duncannon – EIP Report Eoin Kinsella

Integrating communities into catchment management Fran Igoe (LAWPRO)
Proactive community engagement for scalable river restoration Ruairí Ó Conchúir (LAWPRO)
Six communities working on the ground – small initiatives
Developing support tools for citizen scientists The Rivers Trust
Citizen science in freshwater conservation and management across Ireland Mary Kelly Quinn (UCD)/Simon Harrison (UCC)

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