In Ireland, a substantial amount of our rivers, lakes and groundwater systems are at risk of pollution both now and in the future. While the role of public engagement in catchment management is becoming increasingly recognised in academic, governmental and social spheres, it is only just beginning to be fully implemented and realised in Ireland. A key gap identified by the 2014 EPA Research Report – Towards Integrated Water Management (TIMe) is a lack of Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) focussed primary or secondary
school initiatives. Having reviewed best practice in ICM, Environmental Education (EE), geological and hydrological outreach and strategies for community engagement and place based learning, this overall project aims to help inform the foundation of ICM by utilising a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach that allows for the fostering of an ICM curriculum. By combining local knowledge with freely available environmental datasets and
open source GIS software, the UisceAille project, which is supported by the Burren
GeoparkLIFE program, will result in an educational toolkit that will enable educators to explore an alternative approach to local stakeholder engagement. Ultimately the program devised will align itself with the execution of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) within Ireland.