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Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains
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An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area
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Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
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NIEL Brexit Coalition (NBC)

In response to the EU Referendum result NIEL and its members created a new dedicated Brexit working group entitled the NIEL Brexit Coalition (NBC) to assess and respond to the challenges and opportunities associated with Brexit. We believe that:

  • The challenges for the environment on both sides of the border, such as biodiversity loss, climate change, air and water quality remain the same now as before the Referendum result.
  • Through existing EU legislation, a wide range of environmental protection has been set out, and it is essential that, following Brexit, NI maintains a high or even improved level of environmental protection.
  • As the EU has provided high levels of investment in the environment, it is essential that this level of support is continued post Brexit.
  • In the absence of the European Commission and the European Court of Justice, it is not clear how environmental standards will be upheld post–Brexit. It is essential that governance arrangements are put in place to replace any loss of the necessary oversight, accountability, and enforcement functions currently carried out by the EU institutions.
  • As we have a unique challenge associated with the Northern Ireland/ Republic of Ireland land and sea border – many environmental problems have a strong cross border dimension. It is crucial therefore that the island of Ireland is considered as a single bio–geographic unit and that effective mechanisms exist to resolve and manage cross border environmental issues post Brexit.

NIEL Brexit Coalition (NBC) Structure

In order to advance our Brexit work NIEL members approved a new NBC structure comprising of a Project Board; Project Manager; Project Team and four issue specific working groups namely:

Sustainable land–use – to develop a new sustainable land–use policy in coalition with others and to advocate this to government.

Sustainable Land Use Group Key Asks Paper – December 2017

Nature and Environmental Protection – to ensure that existing levels of protection for nature and the environment are maintained/enhanced

Marine and Fisheries – to develop a new sustainable fisheries policy and designate an ecologically coherent and well managed network of protected areas at sea

Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications group – to develop and deliver overarching advocacy, campaigns and communications. This group will also lead on funding for nature conservation and cross–border co–operation.

Each working groups is responsible for producing their own terms of reference, policy asks and work programme.