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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

     
 

Blog – Working at NIEL 23 October 2020

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What is your job title?

Development Manager

How long have you been in this position?

Three and a half years

What does a typical day in your role look like?

The day usually begins by logging into emails to see what needs to be done and responded to by the end of the day. As well as my usual tasks, often there are new or additional requests for information, advice or assistance from a range of interested parties including NIEL Members, civil servants, political parties and partner organisations in NI, Ireland, GB and beyond. Prioritisation of tasks is key and an on–going process given the need to respond within often challenging timeframes to a wide range of environmental issues. Thankfully as an umbrella body, NIEL has numerous member organisations with various specialisms and expertise that I and NIEL colleagues can draw upon to help formulate a definitive sectoral response to environmental enquires, consultations, briefing requests etc.

As well as reacting to external requests for information and help, we also need to make things happen and be proactive in seeking environmental improvement.  My job therefore entails on–going liaison with the dedicated NIEL Working Groups (Land use, Freshwater, Climate Change etc.) to bring about change through advocacy and targeted campaigns to encourage and help key influencers and decision makers to make the decisions needed to improve our environment and therefore our societal well–being.

In brief, my job is to work with NIEL members to seek out and create opportunities and make things happen. Very often this also entails developing new partnerships beyond the environment sector to garner additional support for our work.

What attracted you to this job?

I have a lifelong interest in nature and wildlife in general. My job provides me with the opportunity to try to bring about improvement in an area that I really care about.

What is the best thing about your job?

The shear variation in the range of environmental issues I get to deal with. While paperwork in the form of briefings, consultations, campaigns etc are and will always remain important, there is also the opportunity through project development to see initiatives come to fruition as well as the opportunity to get out and about and see activities on the ground.

Has Covid–19 changed the way you work?

Very much so. Less time spent organising, hosting, and travelling to meetings has been beneficial but the growth in number of daily ‘virtual meetings’ has been incredible. The impact of Covid on our members and the wider environmental sector has been far–reaching. Our sector, like other sectors have had to furlough staff, close premises and sites and have suffered loss of vital income and revenue as well the ability to carry out environmental work at ground level. Yet like many others we have had to adapt to the new ‘normal’ in how we go about our important work. One outcome from this terrible pandemic has been the new–found awareness across all of society of the importance of the natural environment for our health and well–being. That is why we are currently focusing our campaigning efforts on Green Recovery from Covid–19.

To find out about the role and to apply please visit www.nienvironmentlink.org/opportunities/jobs.php?id=964