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Shovel–ready Nature–based Solutions in the UK Overseas Territories

Wednesday 16th September
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The future for agricultural land use – productivity, environmental sustainability, and innovation

Thursday 17th September
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Embedding the natural capital approach in planning and development

Thursday 17th September
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Culture Night 2020 – Discover The Irish Architectural Archive

Friday 18th September
Online
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Financing place–based climate action – how to deliver a green and just recovery from COVID–19?

Friday 18th September
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RSPB Woodlands for Climate and Nature

Tuesday 22nd September
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Next steps for reducing food waste and plastic packaging – innovation and latest initiatives, responsibility and accountability, and priorities for policy

Tuesday 22nd September
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Marine Energy in Northern Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday 23rd September
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Healthy People on a Healthy Planet

Thursday 24th September
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Local climate praxis: bridging the gap between theory and practice on local

Wednesday 30th September
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40+ orgs call for Green Recovery 28 May 2020

Dear First Minister and deputy First Minister,
 
Re: A Resilient Economy, Healthy Communities and the Natural World
 
We understand that the Covid19 response and ongoing negotiations regarding Brexit are immediate priorities for the Northern Ireland Executive. With this in mind, the Northern Ireland Executive has the opportunity to lead our long–term recovery by putting a resilient economy, healthy communities, and a thriving natural environment at the heart of the recovery effort. We, the undersigned, call on the Northern Ireland Executive to:

Create A More Resilient Economy – In partnership with stakeholders, develop and deliver the ‘green new deal’ commitment contained within the ‘New Decade New Approach’ agreement by investing in infrastructure, housing, technology and skills to generate new jobs that directly contribute to a sustainable future. Ensure that public and private finance meets a ‘net zero test’ and prioritise investment in low carbon infrastructure. We must now mainstream cycling, walking and sustainable public transport infrastructure to realise additional health, wellbeing and environmental benefits.

Increase Space for Nature and People – Place the health and wellbeing of people and nature at the heart of the recovery by increasing access to nature–rich green space for everyone.  Enhanced access to, and improved provision of high–quality green space, is an essential pre–requisite for good health (physical and mental), wellbeing and prosperity. We must capitalise on these natural health benefits by introducing measures that will enable people and nature to flourish.  For example, in planning for our children and young people returning to school, we ask that the multiple benefits of outdoor learning become an integral part of daily school life.

Strengthen Nature’s Protections – Improve the laws that ensure the natural world is protected not exploited by ensuring the swift passage of environmental legislation as we leave the EU Transition phase. Rapidly scale up the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of our environmental protections by delivering on the commitment to develop an Independent Environmental Protection Agency for Northern Ireland. We must also introduce targets in law for the restoration of nature (both on land and at sea) and incentivise sustainable approaches to food production, farming and fishing, underpinned by the Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland.
 
This public health crisis has shown us the power of the collective human spirit – the value of community, friendship, and hope. There will be difficult choices in the weeks and months ahead as the Northern Ireland Executive leads us out of this crisis. In doing so, we ask you to create something better and lead us to a new normal: a climate–safe, nature–rich, healthy world for all.
 
We would ask the Northern Ireland Executive to respond to our asks above and would welcome the opportunity to meet you to discuss – alongside Northern Ireland Executive colleagues and heads of agencies. In the meantime, we wish you all the best with the recovery efforts over the coming weeks and months.
 
Yours Sincerely
 
Action Renewables
Belfast Food Co–op
Belfast Food Network
Brookeville Farms
Business in the Community
Chartered Institute for Environmental Health
Chief Officers Third Sector
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Culmore Organic Farm
East Belfast Enterprise
Environmental Justice Network
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland
Glasswater Farm
Harvest Fayre
Helen’s Bay Organic
Jubilee Farm
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
Mourne Heritage Trust
National Trust Northern Ireland
Nature Friendly Farming Network
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
Northern Ireland Environment Link
Northern Ireland Marine Task Force
Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland
RSA Food and Farming Commission
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Northern Ireland
Royal Society of Ulster Architects
Social Farms and Gardens Northern Ireland
Something Fishy Northern Ireland
Sustainable Northern Ireland
Sustrans
uHub
Ulster Wildlife
Woodland Trust Northern Ireland
Youth Climate Association of Northern Ireland
Dara McAnulty, young nature writer and campaigner
Doctor Amanda Slevin, Queen’s University Belfast
Doctor Gavan Rafferty, University of Ulster
Professor Geraint Ellis, Queen’s University Belfast
James Dawson Stelfox MBE, architect
Professor John Barry, Queen’s University Belfast
Simon Dougan MBE, Yellow Door