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Public Consultation on the implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention in Ireland

​​​​the department of the communications, climate action and environment invites comments from interested parties on the implementation in ireland of the united nations economic commission for europe (unece) convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters (known as the aarhus convention) in ireland.

a draft national implementation report 2017 has been prepared and comments on this draft are now invited in accordance with the recommendations of the aarhus convention secretariat. it is an edited, updated version of the previous first national implementation report for ireland, which was completed in 2014. 

article 10 of the aarhus convention requires the meeting of the parties (mop) to keep the implementation of the aarhus convention under continuous review through regular reporting by the parties to the convention in the format of national implementation reports. ireland submitted its first national implementation report 2014 to the aarhus convention secretariat in december 2013.

the purpose of this consultation is to provide the united nations economic commission for europe, the aarhus convention secretariat and the aarhus convention compliance committee with the widest possible range of views and opinions on issues related to the implementation of, and practical arrangements for the promotion of, the aarhus convention in ireland.  the outcome of this consultation will feed into the work being carried out by the aarhus convention mop and into the effective implementation of the aarhus convention by the parties to the convention, as well as proving useful for wider policy development. a synthesis report for each session of the mop summarising the progress made and identifying significant trends, challenges and solutions will be prepared on the basis of the national implementation reports.

comments on the draft nir 2017 should be submitted no later than 5pm on friday 28 october 2016 by email or post to: 


post:  environment policy section
           department of the communications, climate action and environment
           newtown road
           y35 ap90

please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the department of the communications, climate action and environment are subject to release under the freedom of information act 2014 and under the european communities (access to information on the environment) regulations (2007 to 2014) and may also be published on the department's website.

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Consultation Documents



Draft National Implementation Report 2017 NIR First Draft.pdfDraft National Implementation Report 2017 11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf925654

Consultation Submissions