Joint Links Conference 2 October 2012
On 26 – 27 September Northern Ireland Environment Link hosted the biennial Joint Links Conference in Belfast. The conference, titled ‘Valuing Our Environment: helping people to recognise what nature does for us’, looked at the attitudes to the environment across the UK; the ways we can raise its profile and how Link members can most effectively deliver their work.
Delegates from Links in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England took part in workshops on CAP reform; the marine environment; measures of societal success and working together.
A highlight of the event was a reception and guided tour at the Stormont Parliament Buildings, hosted by Simon Hamilton MLA, Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly Environment Committee.
Delegates were also treated the next day to a boat trip around Strangford Lough, where representatives from the Environment Agency and Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnership gave a fascinating insight into the natural history, geology and environmental threats relating to the Lough