World Environment Day LogoWorld Environment Day - 5th June 2003

About World Environment Day 2003
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

The World Environment Day theme selected for 2003 is Water - Two Billion People are Dying for It! The theme calls on each of us to help safeguard the most precious source of life on our planet - water. This theme has been chosen to support the United Nations International Year of Freshwater, 2003 and World Water Day (22 March). You will note that the logo of the International Year of Freshwater has been incorporated in the World Environment Day logo to highlight this important United Nations Year.

The United Nations Environment Programme site gives details of their activities with regard to environmental issues globally and general information on the environment. http://www.unep.org

The main United Nations site - http://www.un.org/events/environment/ - gives a broad range of information on environmental issues such as biodiversity, climate change, desertification, environment statistics and other global issues. It also provides links to other relevant sites and to U.N. publications.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands website gives information on the global situation regarding wetlands and the protection of their resources and habitats. http://www.ramsar.org/

The Heritage Council was established as a statutory body under the Heritage act 1995. Its role is to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. National Heritage is defined as including monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects such as art and industrial works, documents and genealogical records, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, parks and inland waterways. The Council has a particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the national heritage. http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/

Island Ireland’s website covers a range of information on Ireland including environmental issues and links to other relevant sites. This site provides comprehensive access to information, through its links to other bodies concerned with environmental issues and protection in Ireland. http://islandireland.com/Pages/envir.html

Friends of the Irish Environment is a network created by conservationists in Ireland in order to monitor the full implementation of European environmental law, to work for changes in the Irish planning laws, and to pursue concerns and cases in both the built and the natural environment. Their website gives a large range of information relating to Ireland’s environment and its protection. http://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/

The Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland) website contains information on the main concerns of the EPA with regard to the Irish environment, notably on air, water and waste and includes information on research and development.

ENFO is Ireland’s public information service on environmental matters, including sustainable development. The service provides public access to a wide range of authoritative information and which is accessible on its website. ENFO is a service of the Department of Environment and Local Government. http://www.enfo.ie/

Friends of the Earth Ireland are active throughout the country on environmental issues and their website gives the contact addresses for groups in your local area. The site also contains information on current events and links to other relevant sites. http://www.iol.ie/~foeeire/home.htm

The Forest Conservation Portal contains a wide range of information on forest preservation and conservation, deforestation, biodiversity, sustainable development and links to other sites which promote and lobby on forestry issues. This is a very good site for anyone interested in the subject and for students doing projects on flora and fauna and forestry habitats. http://www.forests.org/

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