May 17, 2024

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Course Description

This course will provide you with current and valuable information regarding typical problems and pitfalls in the application of AA in Ireland and other EU Member States. You will be presented with case studies based on recent case law that will put the topic into context and identify possible future changes in relation to the recent EC (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations.

Through our online interactive stream, this full day course will provide a unique forum to receive the latest updates in the area of AA & the Habitats Directive, discuss key challenges and receive up to date practical information, as well as an opportunity to ask specific questions on issues relevant to your projects.

Course Content

  • The AA Process
  • EU Case law and the Habitats/Birds Directives
  • Adverse effects on the integrity of a Natura 2000 site
  • Certainty vs Doubt
  • Mitigation vs Compensation (Species and Habitats)
  • SACs and SPAs
  • Alternatives in AA
  • IROPI in the context of the AA process
  • IROPI – case studies
  • New AA / Habitats cases (EU and Irish)
  • Strict protection – bats, birds, otters and others

Who Should Attend?

This course has been designed for people who have experience with the preparation of plans and projects involving Appropriate Assessment and would be relevant to Local Authority planning and environmental staff, heritage officers, developers and consulting & civil engineers.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course.

This course may qualify for CPD points. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.


This course costs €485 (Early-bird) normal rate is €585.

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE. The course cost includes all course documentation and certificate.

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