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    Celebrating Forty Years of Grass Roots

    Saturday 1st June
    Saintfield Estate
    Free

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    Whiterocks Sand Dunes, near Portrush – Bracken Control

    Sunday 9th June
    Whiterocks Sand Dunes near Portrush
    Free

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    BioBlitz – Castlewellan Forest

    Friday 14th June
    Castlewellan Forest Park
    Free

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    BioBlitz – Jubilee Farm

    Friday 21st June
    Jubilee Farm, 50 Glenburn Rd, Glynn, Larne BT40 3JY
    Free

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    Rea’s Wood, Antrim – Himalayan Balsam Control

    Sunday 23rd June
    Rea’s Wood Antrim
    Free

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    GFA, Brexit & Environment Report 19 April 2019

    Report on the Good Friday Agreement, Brexit and the Environment launched (via Environmental Pillar)

     
    Unleashing the full potential of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement could address some of the main risks posed by Brexit to the environment of the island of Ireland, a new report has found.
     
     
    The Full Report can be accessed here.
     
    The Executive Summary can be accessed here.
     
    The independent report – commissioned by the Environmental Pillar and
    Northern Ireland Environment Link – examines the cross–border environmental
    co–operation supported by the Agreement.

    Launched at an event at Leinster House, the report stresses that firming up the structures and institutions set–up under the Agreement could minimise some of the negative impacts arising from the removal of the existing common EU regulatory standards.

    Brexit poses a major environmental threat to the island of Ireland if there is not a common set of standards for tackling issues such as invasive species, emissions standards, water quality, and hazardous waste.

    The report outlines several key threats posed by Brexit to our single bio–geographic region, namely:

    1. Regulatory divergence that could lead to governance gaps and deterioration in standards, posing countless risks to biodiversity on the island
    2. Weakening of legislative protection in the North caused by the loss of the EU’s oversight and enforcement mechanisms
    3. Potential loss of significant stream of cross–border funding
    4. Physical blockage of cross–border co–operation posed by a hard border scenario

    These obstacles could be tackled, through better use of the institutions established under the Agreement as a vehicle to maintain high standards in policy and regulatory alignment on the island, the report states.

    Read more via Environmental Pillar…