DPCM 2016


Integrated constructed wetland (ICW) Workshop - 24th October 2016

An introductory presentation by Dr. Rory Harrington will emphasise the origins of the ICW concept, and how multi-disciplinarian and collaborative engagement can generate a range of sustained benefits for land and water management.  

Presentations will also be given from engaged interests and practitioners covering topics on innovative sustainable land-water use, including both large and small scale applications, ranging from the management of polluted water sources from single dwellings to that of industrial and mine drainage.

The workshop is complementary to a field trip 27th Oct, visiting three ICWs and a section of the reanimated stream of the Dunhill/Annestown catchment, Co. Waterford. 

Diffuse Pollution: Land Use & Water Quality 25th October 2016

At the IWA Biennial Congress in Brisbane earlier in October, a new initiative was formerly approved and is being launched here in Dublin, in a workshop to initiate a fresh look at the impacts of diffuse pollution.

Although diffuse pollution is well understood by specialists working in the field, it is far less widely understood and its importance accepted, by governments, civil servants and indeed sometimes by leaders in environmental agencies too.  But if effective action is to be taken by the sectors involved in this global issue (farming, urbanisation, forestry including conversion of natural forest cover to industrial crops, and industrial and commercial development of all kinds) fresh impetus is need from leaders at the highest levels.  A clearer picture of the nature and extent of the problem is a pre-requisite for the political will to adequately resource monitoring and investigation, and most importantly to drive remedial and prevention actions.  Administrative creativity is required and a will to get around ‘silo’ thinking and achieve integrated outputs.

This Workshop will explore how best to achieve that outcome, to refine target readership for an impacts report, and to develop ideas for the scope and priority content of such a report.

3 presentations will start the Workshop and be followed by an open discussion, drawing out ideas and options for involvement and support:

1.      Introduction – The IWA Land Use & Water Quality Task Group- Dr Brian J D’Arcy

2.      An example high level impacts national case study- Fiona Napier

3.      The importance of diffuse sources of faecal indicators in the water environment – a review and  pollutant case study - Prof. David Kay

Water Economics Workshop  Water Pricing and Behavioural Economics - Tuesday 25th October

The role of behavioural economics in resource management and pricing is increasingly recognised, although water remains much less studied. This session will explore how behavioural biases inherent in consumers affect the management of water resources and the acceptance of water pricing. Parallels will be drawn with energy and agriculture. The session will explore how and why there is a gap between consumers’ knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions, and actual observable behaviour in relation to water. With both European and US voices on the panel, differences in culture and stances on water management practice between the two jurisdictions will be explored.

Invasive Alien Species and Managing Biosecurity in the Workplace - Tuesday 25th October
Attendees are requested to complete the survery below. 


This survey consists of 9 short questions, which will take you no more than 2 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to establish how much awareness of Invasive Alien Species and Biosecurity exists amongst Water Professionals. We would greatly appreciate your help in filling out this form. This survey will contribute to a research project on the prevention, control and eradication of Invasive alien species, which is being run by the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Queen's University, Belfast and INVAS Biosecurity and is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. All data gathered in this survey will be treated confidentially. No personal information will be passed on to a third party.

In situ automated high-resolution nutrient monitoring workshop - 26th October 2016

Speakers: Dr Magdalena Bieroza, Professor Phil Jordan, Dr Per-Erik Mellander

Achieving good ecological and chemical status of aquatic bodies in line with the Water Framework and Nitrates Directives is a challenging task. Diffuse nutrient delivery from agricultural land to receiving waters is highly complex and controlled by specific times (storm events) and specific locations in the catchments (critical source areas). Traditional sampling (daily-monthly) captures only a small portion of nutrient responses to meteorological, hydrological and agricultural drivers. Novel in situ sampling enables collection of nutrient data on timescales of hydrological response (minutes-hours). These high-frequency data are critical for load estimation, assessment of water quality status and improving understanding of nutrient dynamics.​

Water Joint Programming Initiative Workshop - 26th October 2016

The Water JPI workshop during the IWA Diffuse Pollution Conference in Dublin City University on Wednesday 26th October 2016 will be dedicated to an interactive consultation with the attendees on the topics to be considered in the upcoming Water JPI 2017 Joint Call on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (focus on Multiple Pressures on Water).

Why should you attend? 
Are you looking for funding of research and innovation projects?
Are you looking for concrete solutions regarding sustainable water management? 
Are you looking for scientific basis to help you implement the Water Framework Directive? 
The Water JPI funds basic to applied Research, Innovation & Development projects. Water JPI projects are on average 36-month long and have a budget of €1.5m. Research funded by the Water JPI is aimed to be supporting for decision making, which is aligned & responsive to key policy directives and strategies related to water use and management. 

Those interested in this workshop are requested to complete the following survey by 25th October.