Ireland and Wales unveil €6.7 m Brussels initiative to counter shore pollution

The Welsh and Irish administrations have unveiled a

€6.7 million EU-backed initiative to combat the effects of pollution on bathing waters in the two nations.

Welsh Assembly finance secretary, Mark Drakeford, and the Republic of Ireland’s minister for public expenditure and reform, Paschal Donohoe said the Acclimatise project will help to improve the quality of sea shores in both countries.

University College Dublin in partnership with Aberystwyth University will seek to identify sources of pollution and their impact on bathing waters as a result of climate change. the EU’s Ireland-Wales cooperation programme has backed the project to the tune of ‎€5.3 million.

Professor Drakeford said: “Preserving and enhancing the marine and coastal environment in Wales and Ireland for economic prosperity and enjoyment by current and future generations is of vital importance.

“This is another positive example of how EU funds are supporting local economies and communities by helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

The Acclimatise project will focus on bathing waters, including Dublin Bay and Anglesey’s Cemaes Bay. It will develop real-time models to study the effects of climate change through altered weather patterns, affecting rainfall, temperature and tides which affect coastal areas.