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Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Public Sector Rate: £389.00 Private Sector Rate: £575.00 Voluntary Sector Rate: £315.00

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Demystifying fashion with Lydia Higginson and Dr Mila Burcikova

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

Lasers, drones & boats: measuring the impacts of climate change on heritage

Tuesday 3rd November
Online
Free

CLIMATE ASSEMBLY UK: PATH TO NET ZERO

Wednesday 4th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment Conference

Thursday 5th November
Online
£185 +VAT

The future of food packaging

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 1/2

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Autumn Lecture Series Belfast: Georgian Town to Divided City 1770–1920

Thursday 5th November
Online
Free

Mainstreaming Culture and Heritage into Climate Planning

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

What if museums could be engine rooms for the imagination?

Friday 6th November
Online
Free

Discovery 2020! Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

Saturday 7th November
Online
Free

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Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Monday 9th November
Online
Free

ICE Strategy Session: The value of community engagement on infrastructure projects

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

Why do we need an Aarhus Centre for Environmental Justice in Ireland 2/2

Tuesday 10th November
Online
Free

The UN SDGs and climate change (Reading Climate Festival)

Wednesday 11th November
Online
Free

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland applicants webinar

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Introduction to the Hands–On Heritage project

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Sustainable cities with Amahra Spence

Thursday 12th November
Online
Free

Making the Case for Building Reuse through Better Metrics for Avoided, Operational and Embodied Carbon

Friday 13th November
Online
Free

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How To Talk About The Climate Crisis To Anyone

Sunday 15th November
Online
£27.54

Climate Heritage Network General Assembly

Monday 16th November
Online
Free

Past Matters: Climate Emergency and Action

Tuesday 17th November
Online
Free

The future for Northern Ireland energy policy – the energy strategy and net zero targets, security of supply, and the impact on industry and consumers

Wednesday 18th November
Online
See website for details

Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Regional Climate Heritage Forum

Thursday 19th November
Online
Free

Valuing Traditional Knowledge in Climate Action

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Maintenance Week NI 2020

Friday 20th November
Online
Free

Heritage–based Adaptation and Mitigation | Documentary Film Premiere

Saturday 21st November
Online
Free

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Green nudges for promoting sustainability during Covid

Tuesday 24th November
Online
Free

Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020 – Exclusive offer for NIEL Members!

Wednesday 25th November
Online
£95 + VAT for NIEL members

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Using Culture to Promote Climate Resilient Sustainable Development

Friday 27th November
Online
Free

Tree Charter Festival 2020

Saturday 28th November
Online
Free

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Putting Community Wellbeing at the Heart of Community Planning

Monday 30th November
Online
Free

     
 

£18k for invasives & litter 18 November 2020

Sea2it to invest £18k tackling invasive species and litter in the Bann Estuary (via Sea2it)

 
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(Image via Sea2it)

Local Community Interest Company Sea2it has been awarded £14,000 from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to tackle invasive species and litter in the Bann Estuary. The grant has been awarded through the Department’s “Environment Fund Water Quality Improvement Strand” and will be matched with volunteer time and financial contributions from Sea2it’s fundraising events, to deliver a total investment of £18,000.

This grant enables Sea2it to recruit up to 12 local volunteers to participate in training and gain a Level 2 qualification in the identification and treatment of invasive and injurious species near water. Qualified volunteers will commit to assisting the Sea2it team to tackle invasive species in the Bann Estuary over a number of years. Sea2it will establish ‘a bank’ of well–maintained equipment which qualified volunteers can access to help identify and treat invasive species.

Invasive species are a significant problem in both the UK and Ireland, with MP and Chair of the Environment and Audit Committee Mary Creagh suggesting the UK could need up to 1 million volunteers to help tackle the problem. A 2019 report prepared for the Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership Scheme indicates that there are a number of species of concern in the Bann Estuary, including Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Montbretia, Japanese Rose and Gunnera. These species outcompete native plants and have a negative impact on local habitats and species.

In addition to accredited invasive species training, the award from DAERA enables Sea2it to involve up to 72 volunteers in 6 adventure based litter expeditions to help clean–up the Bann Estuary. Local community and volunteer groups are encouraged to get involved in the clean–ups with participants working from low deck boats or a small rib to reach more inaccessible areas of the river and remove litter materials. The composition of all litter collected as part of the scheme will be recorded and shared with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful who maintain litter surveys for all of Northern Ireland. Where possible materials will be sorted for mixed recycling.

Commenting on the award Sea2it’s Andrew Bratton said “this award from DAERA’s Water Quality Improvement Strand funding provides a fantastic opportunity for the local community to get involved in healthy and fun expedition style litter picks. It also provides 12 dedicated volunteers with an opportunity to gain an accredited Level 2 qualification in the identification and treatment of invasive and injurious species. Sea2it is delighted to support and match fund the proposed activities and looks forward to delivering this project in partnership with DAERA”.

Mert Thompson from NIEA’s Catchment team within DAERA added “DAERA is delighted to fund and look forward to working on this exciting project being delivered by Sea2it. This project is delivering on two of our key priorities – the improvement of habitats, and the quality of our coastal waters. Sea2it are able to deliver on these priorities in a fun and healthy way that will undoubtedly increase participants understanding and appreciation of the natural environment.”

Read the full press release here…