Thinking globally and acting locally has been made a little easier for Donegal residents by the development of a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mapping application called My Local Environment or Timpeall an Ti.
Launched by Mr Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Ms Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency, My Local Environment provides easy access for Donegal residents to information about the environment close to where people live, work or play.
Speaking at the launch, Ms Laura Burke, Director General EPA, said, “My Local Environment is the latest in a number of tools developed by the EPA to make environmental data more accessible, and more importantly to frame it in a local setting. We hope that the addition of this new service will make it even easier to access live data and learn more about your local environment.”
In launching the new service, Minister Hogan commented, “I am delighted to see the EPA providing tools that Donegal residents can use to find out about the quality of their local environment. While there is a huge amount of information available about the environment - on the EPA’s and other websites - it is important that people can easily access information about issues like their local air and water quality. I can see this new service being widely used in schools by students working on environment-related projects and also by tourists who might wish to get information about the local environment in which they are staying.”
Laura Burke concluded, “My Local Environment is accessible via the EPA website (www.epa.ie) and sits with other useful map tools, such as the See it Say it App and EPA Maps, in a suite of services that we are constantly reviewing and improving. We are confident that My Local Environment will raise awareness of the importance of understanding your local environment. By making the information more accessible and easier to find, it will help everyone work together to protect our environment.”
My Local Environment (Timpeall an Ti) can be accessed from the front page of the EPA website or via gis.epa.ie/myenvironment#/search