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Events

 

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World People Of Nature Day– Green Childhood

Friday 1st October
Online

Winter Migration Festival

Saturday 2nd October
Castle Espie
See event page

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BITCI– The Sustainability Revolution

Tuesday 5th October
Online
Free

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference 2021

Wednesday 6th October
Online
Delegate places are £55 per person

Peatlands gathering 2021

Thursday 7th October
Online
Free

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10

One World Festival

Monday 11th October
Mostly online

Do no harm to the environment: translating the EGD into Cohesion Policy 2021–2027

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Rising seas and climate change with Dr Asha de Vos

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Heritage on the Ground

Tuesday 12th October
Online
Free

Sustainable Peatlands: A Win for All

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Natura 2000 logo for goods and services – supporting nature and people for a sustainable recovery

Wednesday 13th October
Online
Free

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Wednesday 13th October
Online
0–£25

NI Waste Expo 2021

Thursday 14th October
Titanic Belfast
Non–qualified individuals are subject to a £250 attendance cost.

NorthernIreland2035– Common Purpose

Thursday 14th October
Online
Free

15

Cave Hill Fungal Foray

Saturday 16th October
Belfast Castle
Free

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“The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis”

Monday 18th October
Online
Free

Nature Means Business Online Conference

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Nature Means Business

Tuesday 19th October
Online
£5.98

Practicing Food Sovereignty in the Climate Emergency

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Young Trustees in the Environmental Sector

Tuesday 19th October
Online
Free

Mapping a Just Energy Transition in NI

Wednesday 20th October
QUB Great Hall
Free

The Year of Youth Climate Action: COP26 and Your Role

Wednesday 20th October
Online
Free

Legislating for Climate Action on the Island of Ireland

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

Belfast City Council ‘Go Social’ Virtual Bus Tour – Destination: North West

Thursday 21st October
Online
Free

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Just Zero – a Virtual Conference on Financing the Just Transition

Monday 25th October
Online
Free

26

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Countryside COP event

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Climate Resilience Heritage Summit

Wednesday 27th October
Online
Free

Nature Connection, Rewilding and Ecotherapy

Wednesday 27th October
22 University Square
Free

The Social Enterprise Rural Forum

Wednesday 27th October
Online
See ticket types

How can the island of Ireland best contribute to COP–26?

Thursday 28th October
Online
Free

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30

UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

Sunday 31st October
Glasgow

      
 

£550K Boost for Rural Tourism 22 October 2020

Poots launches £550K scheme to boost rural tourism

 

Rural Tourism

Minister Poots MLA is pictured at Whitehead Railway Museum with Dr Joan Smyth CBE and Rev Canon John McKegney

(Image via DAERA)

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA has launched a £550,000 scheme to boost tourism in rural areas.

The ‘Rural Tourism Collaborative Experiences Programme’ encourages local Councils to bring together businesses and other potential partners to work closely together to develop an end–to–end visitor experience to increase competitiveness within the rural tourism sector.  Each cluster will work together to identify the uniqueness of an area and package a range of authentic local products that can be promoted as a combined experience.

Launching the scheme in Whitehead, County Antrim, where he visited tourism businesses such as The Gobbins Visitor Centre, Whitehead Railway Museum, Blackhead Path, Whitehead Community Centre and the Lighthouse Bistro, Minister Poots said: “I’m delighted to be launching this innovative Programme, particularly as World Tourism Day, on the 27th September, celebrated ‘Tourism and Rural Development’.

“Tourism is vitally important to our rural economy and the competitive nature of the tourism marketplace, over the next few years, cannot be underestimated. 

“It is clear from my visit here in Whitehead that a spirit of collaboration is emerging in the tourism sector to jointly create visitor experiences that are accessible, bookable and compelling, offering long–term sustainability and growth to tourism in Northern Ireland.

“There is significant potential in this area and what this area can offer would attract both local and international visitors.  This funding will be the catalyst that will drive this work forward and I look forward to seeing the eventual experiences that all 11 Councils will bring forward in the coming months.”

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston, said: “This exciting new programme from DAERA is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and Council to come together to develop unique experiences to enhance the tourism offering that Mid and East Antrim has.

“Hopefully this will allow us to drive more visitors to experience and explore the breath–taking beauty of the Borough, from stunning coastline to historic castles and the world famous Gobbins Clifftop Path, and it was a privilege to welcome the Minister for the launch of his Department’s initiative.”

Martin Clarke, Chairman of Whitehead Community Association, said: “The funding available through this Programme will be a fantastic enabler for essential community and council collaboration to build on the rich vein of art, heritage, culture and landscape that exists in Northern Ireland. Supported projects will offer locals and visitors a chance to engage through experience in the outstanding potential of places such as Whitehead.”