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Coppicing Small Trees

Sunday 8th April
Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast
Free

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Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Drainage

Wednesday 11th April
QUB, Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Room 2, Ground Floor, Lisburn Road, Belfast
Free

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Our Earth, Our Future: to mine or to mind?

Saturday 14th April
Greenvale Hotel & Restaurant, 57 Drum Road, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
See website for details

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Path Maintenance

Sunday 22nd April
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
Free

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Making Mitigation Work

Thursday 26th April
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
£45 – £160

LIFE Information Day – Dublin

Friday 27th April
Dublin
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100% Eco–Schools participation 18 February 2015

Northern Ireland Announced as the First Country in the World to Achieve 100% Participation in Eco–Schools Programme

 

Eco-Schools

 

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has today announced that Northern Ireland has become the first country in the world to achieve a 100% participation rate in the international Eco–Schools Programme.

Eco–Schools is the world’s leading Environmental Education Programme operating in 59 countries worldwide and every school in Northern Ireland has now signed up to be an Eco–School and are working their way towards environmental excellence and the recognition of the prestigious Green Flag award.

Eco–Schools was established in 1994 with Northern Ireland one of the first countries in the world to join. Northern Ireland was also the first country in the world to have one of its schools, Downpatrick Nursery School, achieve the prestigious, internationally recognised Green Flag.

Mark H Durkan, Minister for the Environment, whose Department has provided invaluable support for the programme over the years said: “It is great to see the energy and enthusiasm young people have in helping to improve the environment and I have personally seen it at firsthand. 100% of schools are taking the opportunity to put into practice what they learn about the environment in class, involving the whole school and engaging the wider community is making a real difference towards a better environment and stronger economy.

”Schools across the North have comprehensively embraced environmental issues and are leading the way working with local businesses, councils and environmental organisations.”

The Eco–Schools programme combines learning and practical action for the improvement of the environmental performance of schools. Eco–Schools get involved in all kinds of eco–projects from reducing waste to landfill, to energy saving and healthy eating; developing school gardens or tackling litter issues. It is estimated that schools who take part in the programme and recycle every year could save an estimated £1.1m – with one school in Northern Ireland saving £6,000 by switching off equipment not in use. The programme is coordinated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is operated locally by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

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