Public Consultations on: Aarhus Convention; Offshore Renewable Energy Development

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has announced two draft documents for public consultation. The two draft documents consist of Draft Guidance on EIS and NIS Preparation for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects, as well as Draft Guidance on Marine Baseline Assessments and Monitoring Activities.

The public consultation will close on Friday 16 December 2016 at 5pm.

More information can be found on the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment website at

Separately, the Department is also inviting comments on the implementation in Ireland of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (known as the Aarhus Convention) in Ireland.

A draft National Implementation Report 2017 has been prepared and comments on this draft are now invited in accordance with the recommendations of the Aarhus Convention secretariat. It is an edited, updated version of the previous first National Implementation Report for Ireland, which was completed in 2014. 

The purpose of this consultation is to provide the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the Aarhus Convention Secretariat and the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee with the widest possible range of views and opinions on issues related to the implementation of, and practical arrangements for the promotion of, the Aarhus Convention in Ireland.  The outcome of this consultation will feed into the work being carried out by the Aarhus Convention MOP and into the effective implementation of the Aarhus Convention by the Parties to the Convention, as well as proving useful for wider policy development. A synthesis report for each session of the MOP summarising the progress made and identifying significant trends, challenges and solutions will be prepared on the basis of the National Implementation Reports.

Comments on the draft NIR 2017 should be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 28 October 2016 by email or post. More information is available at:


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