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Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd November
Rea’s Wood Antrim

Co–act for Climate

Monday 4th November
Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Room 01/052, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN


Creating Our Sustainable Future

Thursday 7th November
Queen’s University Belfast, Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

Linen Quarter Regeneration – Café Conversation

Thursday 7th November
Pug Uglys, 21 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EJ

Book Launch “Facing Up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope”

Friday 8th November
Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN


Nature Based Solutions – Benefits that biodiversity can provide for organisations and communities

Monday 11th November
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GS

Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy

Monday 11th November
Malone Lodge Belfast


Sustainable Heritage Tourism Conference 2019

Wednesday 13th November
Marine Hotel Ballycastle, 1–3 North Street, Ballycastle BT54 6BN

The Power of Walking Conference

Thursday 14th November
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast


Mucky Route Repairs

Saturday 16th November
Cushendun, BT44 0PJ

Path Clearing – 40th Anniversary Event

Sunday 17th November
Milford Cutting Co Armagh


Great Autumn Clean–Up

Wednesday 20th November
Initially meet at Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Urban Green Roofs: Policy, Design, Climate, Resilience and Biodiversity

Thursday 21st November
David Keir Building Hub, Queen’s University Belfast

NI Environment Strategy Discussion Workshop

Thursday 21st November
Rural Community Network Offices, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 8EF


Bramble Bash

Saturday 23rd November
Whitepark Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH

Return of the Hedges

Saturday 23rd November
White Park Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH


2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch

Tuesday 26th November
Belfast Harbour

NICVA General Election 2019 Hustings Event

Wednesday 27th November
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Act on air pollution: Save lives

Wednesday 27th November
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, BT1 2NJ


Climate Change, Decarbonisation and The Net Zero Report

Friday 29th November
Grand Central Hotel, Bedford Street, Belfast
£0 Member. £50 (+VAT) non–Member


Farming “transformation” needed 23 September 2019

Northern Ireland needs ‘transformation’ of food and farming policy, new report says (via The RSA)

  • New report from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce calls for radical re–think of food, farming and countryside in Northern Ireland
  • Argues for new focus on producing good healthy food, restoring biodiversity, a movement to a green economy,  and a better deal for Northern Irish farmers

Northern Ireland’s unique history and environment must be at the heart of a new approach to farming, which conserves soils, eliminates pollution, restores biodiversity and reduces carbon emissions, a new think–tank report argues.

‘Lay of the Land’ is the Northern Ireland focused report of the work of the RSA’s pan–UK Food Farming and Countryside Commission.

It argues for a transition to a safe, secure and inclusive food and farming system, a flourishing rural economy and a sustainable and accessible countryside.

The inquiry listened to voices from across the region, hearing stories of a system that simply isn’t working for farmers, for public health or for the environment. It recommends a programme of continuing and extensive public engagement, with a focus on those whose views often go unheard, to help deal with the issues faced by the rural population of Northern Ireland.

The full report is available here.

Patrick Casement, Chair of the FFCC Northern Ireland Inquiry, said:

“Climate change and biodiversity loss are existential threats that require us to take urgent action. We need to fundamentally reconsider the purpose of the complex food and farming system that governs so much of our health, our environment, our economy and our whole way of life. We need to build trust between everyone involved so that we can find practical ways forward to a safe and secure future.”

Dr Denis McMahon, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, said:

 “I welcome the publication of the RSA, Food, Farming & Countryside Commission Northern Ireland Inquiry Report, which complements DAERA’s vision of ‘A living working active landscape, valued by everyone‘. The Report raises many important points and challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity and the need to deliver safe and affordable food which we collectively must address as we seek to build the future of our agriculture and food sector.”

Sue Pritchard Director, FFCC Commission RSA, said:

“The Northern Ireland inquiry focussed on the critical issues; how to mitigate and adapt to climate change and restore biodiversity; how to improve the public’s health and wellbeing in all communities; and how to build on and develop Northern Ireland’s distinctive pattern of farming to play its full part in responding to these challenges, Most importantly and impressively, the leadership group were determined to hear citizen’s voices – especially those often unheard.” 

The report will be launched at Hillsborough Castle on the evening of Monday 23rd September.

Read the full press release here…