CatchmentCARE: Community Actions for Resilient Ecosystems

CatchmentCARE is an EU-funded project that aims to improve freshwater quality within the North Western and Neagh Bann international river basins. The project is focussed across three cross-border catchments, the Arney, Blackwater and Finn. The aims will be achieved through development of water quality improvement projects and installation of groundwater monitoring stations across the region.

Education Programmes

Education Programmes as part of the INTERREG VA funded CatchmentCARE project


CatchmentCARE publications to date since the launch of the project start


Interactive Maps of the Arney, Blackwater and Finn


The project overall is grounded in the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The WFD takes an integrated approach to the protection, improvement and sustainable management of the water environment. It revolves around a River Basin Management Planning process of action and review to improve water quality and achieve ‘good’ status in water bodies (rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters, and groundwaters) by 2027.

Project Partners

• Donegal County Council, Lead Partner
• Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute
• Inland Fisheries Ireland
• Loughs Agency

• University of Ulster
• Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
• British Geological Survey
• Geological Survey Ireland

Partners each have key expertise and will focus on aspects of water quality improvements such as Hydromorphology, Water Quality, Catchment Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Groundwater.


Donegal County Council as the Lead Partner received approval from the ‘Special EU Programmes Body’ (SEUPB) in November 2017 for the CatchmentCARE Project.
The project is funded under the Environment measure of the EU Interreg VA programme with a budget of €13,792,432, including match funding of €2,068,865.37 provided by Governments departments; The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.