This 2009 review of Ireland's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in reducing the pollution burden, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. The analyses presented are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data.
Table of contents:
1. Conclusions and Recommendations -1. Environmental Management --Strengthening implementation of environmental policies --Air --Water --Waste --Nature management -2. Towards Sustainable Development -3. International Commitments and Co-operation PART I. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 2. Air -Recommendations -Conclusions -Policy Objectives -Emissions and Pollution Concentration Trends -Transport and Environment -Future Trends in Air Pollution 3. Water Management -Recommendations -Conclusions -Water Management Framework and Objectives -Water Quality -Water Services -Pollution from Agriculture -Water Governance Issues 4. Waste -Recommendations -Conclusions -Policy and Institutional Setting -Waste Generation Trends -Performance in Managing Non-Hazardous Waste -Hazardous Waste Management -Look Ahead 5. Nature Management -Recommendations -Conclusions -Strengthening the Framework for Nature Management -Protecting Nature -Integration of Biodiversity Concerns into other Policies -Economic Asepcts of Biodiversity Conservation -International Nature Agreements PART II. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 6. Environment-Economy Interface -Recommendations -Conclusions -Integrating environmental concerns into economic decisions -Strengthening the implementation of environmental policies -Sustainable development -Implementing environmntal policies 7. Environmental-Social Interface -Recommendations -Conclusions -Environment and Health -Environmental Democracy -Environmental Education and Awareness Raising PART III. INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS 8. International Co-operation -Recommendations -Conclusions -Climate Change -Marine Pollution -Trade and the Environment -Bilateral Co-operation -Official Development Assistance References -Selected environmental data -Selected economic data -Selected social data -Selected multilateral agreements (worldwide) -Selected multilateral agreements (regional) -Abbreviations -Physical context -Selected environmental websites