Winners of the World Wetlands Day photo competition announced!

The River Lee, Ballincollig.  ‘Lovely sense of place and time of year’.  Overall winner (under 18) of the World Wetlands Day Photo Competition. Photo taken by Lucy Gallagher.

Whooper Swans rising from Kilcolman Fen. ’Very well captured. Evocative. I can hear them calling’. The overall winner (over 18) of the World Wetlands Day photo competition.  Photo taken by James McGrath.

Award-winning wildlife camera man Colin Stafford-Johnson kindly agreed to select the overall winners of the World Wetlands Day Photo Competition.  The WWD photo competition was organised by the IRWC and Wetlands Surveys Ireland to mark 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention. The competition which ran over four months in 2021 had a great response and monthly winners were posted on the IRWC website.  The winners will each receive a framed copy of their photo and an OPW Family Heritage Card.

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Upcoming Events

National Biodiversity Conference 2022

Start date: 08/06/2022
End date: 09/06/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Dublin Castle


Ireland’s second National Biodiversity Conference 2022 will be held in Dublin Castle and streamed live online over two days on June 8th & 9th, in accordance with the latest Covid-19 guidelines. The conference is an initiative of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in support of Ireland’s Fourth National Biodiversity Action Plan.

EIFAAC Symposium 2022

Start date: 20/06/2022
End date: 21/06/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Randles Hotel, Killarney

Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change

The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium will be hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.  The Symposium will be held in Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

“Ireland is one of 160 Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands which first convened in Ramsar, Iran in 1971, and since called the Ramsar Convention. This intergovernmental treaty embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.”

Wetlands are a vital component of the water cycle

The complex interaction of their elements – water, soil, plants and animals fulfil many important functions and provide important ecological services. Wetlands are providers and users of water. They maintain their structure and functions, and they provide water for us and other animals and plants.

  • Wetlands mean wildlife
  • Wetlands mean water
  • Wetlands mean flood control
  • Wetlands mean climate change mitigation
  • Wetlands mean landscape

The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (or IRWC)

IRWC was set up by the Government in November 2010 to assist Ireland in meeting its requirements as a signatory to the Ramsar Convention. We are a widely representative group, set up to assist in the protection, appreciation and understanding of wetlands in Ireland and to promote the implementation of the this Convention. Our membership is drawn from a variety of relevant government agencies, scientific and technical institutions, regional and local authorities and non-governmental organisations.

Our primary objective is to promote the wise use and protection of all wetlands in Ireland. In this respect, we aim to:

  • Raise the profile of all wetlands and their value in Ireland
  • Develop and support national wetland polices, and provide advice to policy makers
  • Support wetland education and public awareness of wetlands
  • Promote the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in Ireland
  • Ensure that the these objectives are consistent with the Ramsar Convention and with approaches taken by other national Ramsar Committees across the globe

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