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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

     
 

MAPI Report 15 October 2020

Ministerial Advisory Panel on Infrastructure present report to Minister

 

MAPI

Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel Kirsty McManus, presents the panel’s report to Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon. (Image via Department for Infrastructure) 


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has received a final report from the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Infrastructure.

The report is the culmination of an intensive six week period of work, undertaken by the independent panel who have considered how an Infrastructure Commission for Northern Ireland might support more effectively the long term planning and development of infrastructure here.

The Panel which comprised a small group of independent experts, have, since their first meeting on the 25 August 2020, engaged with a wide range of key stakeholder groups via written evidence gathering and virtual engagement sessions.  The Panel have also considered global best practice and spoken with a number of other Infrastructure Authorities, across these islands and beyond.

Minister Mallon said:

‘I am delighted with the progress made by the Panel in such a short timeframe.  This report provides expert insight, knowledge and importantly strategic ideas on a way forward at such a challenging time  in the face of Covid and Brexit. 

“The in depth work undertaken in such a short space of time will help form the basis of the direction I know must be taken to get us, our place, our people and our communities on the road to recovery and opportunity. Now, more than ever, we must seize our chance for change. In the context of the challenges of Covid, Brexit, Climate Change and economic strain, investing and long–term planning for critical infrastructure has never been more important.

“At a time of such challenge and change, as a society we must pull together rather than pull apart. Which is why the leadership shown in our communities, the private sector, the voluntary sector and beyond, must be harnessed to aid those of us in Government to deliver a better quality of life for all our citizens.

“Having political power is only positive if you can use that power for positive change. This report is, for me, a building block for the genuine partnership that is required to deliver that positive change. I am greatly appreciative of the Panel’s time and dedication. I will now consider their detailed recommendations and will bring a proposal to the Executive which will assist us in addressing some of the key challenges we face not only in respect of infrastructure, but also in terms of delivering a better, greener, healthier, happier future.”

Kirsty McManus, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel said:  “Our society is facing a range of crises – the COVID–19 pandemic, the economic downturn, climate change.  We have a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for our citizens, to protect and enhance our environment, and to reset our economy.  These objectives cannot be fully achieved without first reforming infrastructure planning and delivery. The Panel firmly believes that the establishment of an independent Infrastructure Commission is the crucial first step in empowering us to turbocharge infrastructure to deliver cleaner, greener, sustainable and inclusive growth for all.”

 

Find out more here

The report can be found here