Abstraction Drawing water out of a river or catchment for industrial, domestic or irrigation purposes.
AESD Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Division, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Agenda 21 A blueprint for sustainable development through local action developed and agreed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
Algae Microscopic plants found in water.
ASSI Area of Special Scientific Interest which needs to be protected and has been formally declared by the Department of Environment under the Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands (NI) Order 1985.
BASC British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
Buffer Zones Areas adjoining designated protected land, which reduce impacts upon the protected area.
Biodiversity (Biological Diversity), the variety of life indicated by the number and variety of species in an area.
CAAN Countryside Access and Activities Network.
Catchment A geographical area of land within which water collects and drains to the same outlet point.
CMD Countryside Management Division, DARD.
CMS Catchment Management Scheme – a DARD improvement scheme targeted at land managers.
Coarse fish Freshwater fish other than trout and salmon.
Conarce Letting of land in Ireland for a period of less than 1 year to prevent security of tenure.
Constructed Wetland Man-made wetland habitat where plants can absorb excess nutrients from ‘polluted’ water.
CU Craft Users.
DARD Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
DCAL Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
DCALIF Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Inland Fisheries.
DED Department of Education.
DEL Department of Employment and Learning.
Diffuse pollution Sources of pollution having no clearly definable points of origin.
DOE Department of Environment.
Ecosystem A dynamic biological community of interacting organisms and their immediate physical environment.
EHS Environment and Heritage Service, DOE.
EIA Environment Impact Assessment.
EPD Environment Protection Division, DOE.
Eutrophication Enrichment of water by nutrients, leading to enhanced algal growth.
FCB Fisheries Conservancy Board.
FHEC Further and Higher Education College.
FLNLBW Federation of Lough Neagh and Lough Beg Wildfowlers.
FMD Foot and Mouth Disease (2001 outbreak).
Flotsam Material found floating within a water body.
FO Fisheries Owners.
Game fish Species of fish of the salmon family caught for sport.
Habitat The place or type of site where an organism naturally occurs.
Honey pot sites Specific locations identified as focused interest areas.
HPA Health Promotion Agency.
Hydromorphological Relating to the character of water flow, energy etc, and the physical character of rivers shaped by the movement of water through the catchment.
IF Individual farmers.
IWAI Inland Waterways Association of Ireland.
LA Local Authorities.
LAC Local Angling Clubs.
LC Local Communities.
LCG Local Community Group.
LFA Less-Favoured Area.
LNAC Lough Neagh Advisory Committee.
LNCC Lough Neagh Co-Ordinating Committee.
LNCo-op Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society.
LNN Lough Neagh Navigation.
LNMS Lough Neagh Management Strategy.
LNP Lough Neagh Partnership.
LNW Lough Neagh Wetlands consisting of Lough Neagh, Lough Beg, the satellite lakes, associated waterways and low-lying surrounding hinterland.
LWC Local Wildfowling Club.
Macrophytes Large plants with roots.
NA Navigation Authority.
NGO's Non Government Organisations.
NIAPA Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association.
NITB Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
NNR National Nature Reserve, an area considered to be of national beauty.
NIWC Northern Ireland Water Council.
Phosphate A compound containing phosphorus often used as a fertilizer.
Phosphorus An element essential to all living organisms.
Physico-chemical Relating to physical and chemical characteristics.
Point source pollution Sources of pollution identified to a well-defined outfall.
PPS Planning Policy Statement, a document outlining the general principles the DOE Planning Service observes in formulating planning policies, making development plans and exercising control of development.
PS Planning Service, DOE.
Precautionary principle To proceed with an action only when sure there is no risk or danger, or to implement safeguards to minimise any possible impact.
PWA Private Water Abstractors.
QPANI Quarry Products Association of Northern Ireland.
Quarry Species Species that are hunted.
RA Rivers Agency, DARD.
Rampart Raised roads or tracks through fenland.
Ramsar An Iranian town that hosted the 1971 Convention on Wetlands and has subsequently given its name to the Ramsar Convention and waterflow habitat sites of international importance.
RAN Rural Area Networks.
RDC Rural Development Council.
RDD Rural Development Division.
Riparian zone The Strip of land bordering a river or stream.
ROI Republic of Ireland
RS Roads Service.
RSPB Royal Society for the protection of Birds.
RTO Regional Tourism Organisation.
SAC Special Area of Conservation; an area having special protection because of the habitat it provides as defined by EU Directive 97/43.
SACS Scottish Association for Country Sports.
Salmonid A collective term for salmon, trout and similar species.
SC Sports Council of Northern Ireland.
SE Sand Extractors.
SELN Shaftesbury Estates of Lough Neagh Limited.
SPA Special Protection Area: an area having special protection because of the importance of bird species within it, as defined by the EU Birds Directive 79/409.
Statutory agency An agency designated to carry out responsibilities during the implementation or enforcement of legislation.
Sustainability A situation in which human activities do not irreversibly damage the environment.
UAF Ulster Angling Federation.
UCFF Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation.
UFU Ulster Farmers Union.
UWG Ulster Waterways Group.
Vernacular Local or traditional in style.
WFD Water Framework Directive: European legislation on water quality and management (Directive 2000/06).
WI Waterways Ireland.
Wise use of
Wetlands Principle The wise use of wetlands is their sustainable use for the benefit of people in a way compatible with the maintenance of the physical, chemical and biological properties of the ecosystem.
WMU Water Management Unit, Department of the Environment.
WS Water Service, Department for Regional Development.
WSE Water Sport Enthusiasts.