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Oct 2019 right left


9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference – Peatlands: Investing in the Future

Tuesday 1st October
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
See website for details


Comber Greenway Task Day

Saturday 5th October
Billy Neill crossing at 9am, Dundonald or on the greenway under North Road bridge at 9.30am, East Belfast


NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2019

Tuesday 8th October
La Mon, Belfast
See website for details


Citigroup Environmental Expo

Thursday 10th October
Citigroup, Titanic Quarter, Belfast


Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 12th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast


CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park

Maintaining a Young Hedge

Sunday 20th October
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge

The Future of Food Packaging

Monday 21st October
CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown BT80 9AA


Inaugural QUB Sustainability Lecture

Wednesday 23rd October
Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007, Queen’s University Belfast

Water Framework Directive Stakeholder Conference 2019

Wednesday 23rd October
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS

CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

Enough is Enough – The Rise and Rise of Food Poverty

Friday 25th October
TBC, Belfast


Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London



10th October 2019

Environmental NGOs are warning of a serious risk to Northern Ireland’s environment if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October

Nature Matters NI is warning that a no deal Brexit could see damage caused to the environment by agricultural produce piling up unable to cross the border, immediate impacts on access to fishing grounds for both UK and EU vessels, and see an huge gap in environmental governance open up if nothing is put in place to replace the oversight of the European Commission and European Court of Justice.

Nature Matters NI spokesperson John Martin said:

“Under current arrangements, any member of the public can make a complaint to the EU if they believe environmental law is not being properly enforced. For example, air pollution is linked to 500 premature deaths a year in Northern Ireland and the UK government is currently facing the threat of millions of pounds in fines for failing to meet air quality targets.”

“If we crash out of the EU without a deal, this oversight from the EU will end immediately and citizens’ options if they believe environmental law isn’t being enforced will be limited to costly judicial review. While the UK Government is developing plans for interim measures for England that would allow citizens to continue to submit complaints, there are no similar plans for Northern Ireland.”

“There is a real risk that Northern Ireland could be left behind when it comes to environmental governance at a time when strong enforcement will be needed more than ever. This not only puts our environment at risk but also the health and well–being of our citizens.”

More News from Nature Matters NI…

The future of farming – DAERA must act now

75% of the Northern Ireland public feel that politicians need to do more to protect wildlife and nature

Fisheries Bill for the UK: how will Northern Ireland’s waters be managed?

NI farming risks being left in the past

Nature Matters NI response to Northern Ireland Future Agricultural Policy Framework

Belfast Food Network and Nature Matters NI Letter on Farming and Food

Post Brexit fisheries regime could leave Northern Ireland in the lurch

Northern Ireland’s Environmental Governance At Risk of Disappearing Post–Brexit

Northern Ireland environmental governance at risk of being left in limbo as England moves forward with proposals for watchdog

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Inquiry: Opportunities and challenges for Northern Ireland’s agricultural sector in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU

Nature Matters NI Brexit Position Statements

Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit – Nature Matters NI response

“Ambitious NI Agriculture policy needed” – Nature Matters NI

Nature Matters NI join UFU at Farming & Environment Roadshows

Policy Briefing: The Future of Agricultural Support in Northern Ireland

“25 Year Plan needed for Northern Ireland’s environment”

EU Committee told North–South co–operation “vital” post–Brexit

Environmental co–operation on the Brexit agenda