The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (or IRWC)
The 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