Environmental Assessment Process

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the Irish State agency responsible for the conservation, protection, development, management and promotion of the inland fisheries and sea angling resources in Ireland. IFI works independently and also in conjunction with various State agencies and stakeholder groups to deliver on its remit.

Inland Fisheries Ireland has obligations under national and EU legislation to ensure that projects that it oversees and licences it grants, have due regard for the environment and environmental legislation. The Environmental Assessment Process has been catalysed as a result of recent environmental legislation relating to the Habitats Directive (2011). The primary legislation dealt with under the EAP pertains to Appropriate Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment, guidance on which is provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service[1] and the Environmental Protection Agency[2] respectively.

The introductory pdf Guidance Document to the IFI Environmental Assessment Process (4.00 MB) describes the Environmental Assessment Process and procedures in place within IFI to facilitate fisheries development and conservation works within Ireland’s inland and coastal waters. It also outlines the internal and external review/screening processes for environmental assessment of plans and projects, and details the procedures that are in place to ensure that these works are carried out in compliance with the relevant environmental legislation.

To make an application to carry out works that require IFI authorisation, applicants must provide their project information to IFI via the online application portal under ‘Environmental Assessment’. Applicants can register on the portal on https://ifi.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp .

It should be noted IFI are obliged to assess projects that it grants for environmental impact. Therefore, applicants should understand that IFI will require a succinct and robust application, so that it can be assessed under the Environmental Assessment Process. The Guidance Document and in particular the assessments that will be carried out on each application should be referred to when preparing an application. Prior to submission the applicant should look at the evaluation process and in particular the Evaluation Form (Appendix I) to determine if their application submission addresses the key elements of the evaluation. This will assist both the applicant and IFI with the rapid processing of projects through the application process.

In addition to the Guidance Document, the IFI Environmental Assessment Process contains supporting components to ensure a straightforward and comprehensive workflow and practical information has been provided to develop effective and environmentally sound projects.

1. Public Reference Library

  1. pdf Guidance Document to the IFI EAP (4.00 MB)
  2. pdf Guidance template for AA screenings taking into account potential riparian influences (296 KB) .
  3. Best Practice guides and information:
    1. pdf Channels & Challenges- enhancing salmonid rivers (7.97 MB)
    2. pdf Quantification of the Freshwater Salmon Habitat Asset in Ireland using data interpreted in a GIS platform (3.86 MB)
    3. MulkearLIFE Best Practice Guides
    4. CAISIE LIFE Best Practice Guides
    5. default IFI Biosecurity Protocol for Fieldwork (505 KB)
    6. pdf IUCN-River Restoration and Biodiversity (4.61 MB)

2. Online Environmental Assessment Portal for applicants

3. Environmental Consultants Panel


[1] https://www.npws.ie/protected-sites/guidance-appropriate-assessment-planning-authorities

[2] http://www.epa.ie/monitoringassessment/assessment/eia/