Communities Caring for Water Conference 2021 is a joint initiative between The Rivers Trust and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO).

This year’s virtual conference will discuss forming new groups and actions we can take to make rivers projects successful. It is an opportunity for communities engaged with their local water environment to share their stories and learn from others.

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The Eventbrite registration page for the communities conference on 20th November is now open. The link to register is


About this event

9.30am: Welcome and keynote address

  • Mark Lloyd, The Rivers Trust
  • Ray Spain, LAWPRO
  • Keynote by Ella McSweeney
  • Alan Walsh, LAWPRO

10:00am: Getting started – forming new groups

  • Jack Rogers, Boyne Rivers Trust
  • Cathy Lee, Friends of the Ahare River
  • Q&A

11.00am: Supporting and learning from each other

  • Liz Gabbet, Maigue Rivers Trust
  • Michael O’Connor, IRD Duhallow
  • Liam Lysaght, NBDC and Fran Igoe, LAWPRO
  • Q&A

12:00pm: Break

12.15pm: Landscape-scale action for rivers and biodiversity

  • Gary Smyth, Moy Rivers Trust
  • Kaethe Burt- O’Dea, Bí-Urban
  • Q&A

13:00pm: Planning for success in river projects

  • Trish Murphy, Inishowen Rivers Trust
  • Colm Gallagher, Cloughaneely Angling Association
  • Q&A

13.45pm: Launch of Community Water Development Fund 2022

  • Sheevaun Thompson, LAWPRO

13.50pm: Closing remarks

  • Ann Phelan, LAWPRO

Please note: This agenda may be subject to change.

Pre-recorded talks available to view on demand

Getting started

  • Michael Waldron, Tuam Tidy Towns
  • Keith Scanlon, Delgany Tidy Towns

Landscape-scale action for rivers and biodiversity

  • Mark Horton, Ballinderry Rivers Trust

Planning for success in river projects

  • Ken Whelan, East Wicklow Rivers Trust

Public Consultation on the Draft River Basin Management Plan