Cork Environmental Forum aims to foster, promote, and implement sustainable development at a local level in the Cork region.
Inspired by the Rio Earth Conference in 1992, Cork Environmental Forum (CEF) came into being in 1995. Raising awareness, providing information and opportunities to engage in activities that support the achievement of Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (2015) is a key feature of CEF’s work and is particularly relevant in the delivery of the Global Action Plan Greener Living Programme Participation.
The Greener Living course aims to bring all communities to look at how to reduce their carbon emissions using behavioural change. The course addresses the nature of the climate and biodiversity emergency we are facing, and our response needed as individuals and as communities.
CEF also holds seminars and workshops in collaboration with local and national environmental organisations to bring awareness to a range of environmental issues.
Events include:
- World Wetlands Day
- Tree Benefit Awareness & Planting
- Earth Day
- Biodiversity Day
- Heritage Week
- Coastwatch Autumn Survey & Marine Life
- European Mobility Week
- Bike Week
- REUSE Month Fashion Show
- Environmental Awards

CEF strives to bring an environmental perspective to policy and work in collaboration with a broad range of partners, valuing connections and relationships, in order to engage more people and communities and all sectors to work with CEF to protect and care for our environment.

Resources needed

Volunteers, Local Government support, External funding, participation in various environmental initiatives, Public Relations/ Media/ Communications personnel

Evidence of success

CEF has been successful over the last 25 years in building long-lasting relationships, connecting, engaging, and collaborating with the community in a range of environmental projects. Over the years they have launched numerous successful campaigns that remains ongoing to this day -Community Tree Planning, War on Waste, Rebel Pedal promotes a car-free day and sustainable travel, Annual Environmental Awards, Heritage Week, and so on. Countless cross sectorial collaboration remains ongoing.

Difficulties encountered

Building capacity, maintaining public interest

Potential for learning or transfer

Main institution
Cork Environmental Forum
Southern and Eastern, Ireland (Éire)
Start Date
January 1995
End Date


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