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Harper’s Yard Repair Cafe

Saturday 6th April
Ormeau Park Bowling Club, Belfast

Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge – Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 7th April
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge
Free

A Long–term Environment Plan for Northern Ireland

Monday 8th April
Belmont Tower, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast BT4 3FG
Free

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Would an Institute for Detectorists aid revision of The Treasure Act & implementation of The Valetta Convention?

Saturday 13th April
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31–4 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
Free

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People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership: Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals – What Role for the NI Voluntary & Community Sector?

Thursday 18th April
61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free

All–Island Environmental Governance post–Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

Thursday 18th April
Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Derryanvil near Portadown – Planting Young Trees

Saturday 20th April
Derryanvil near Portadown
Free

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Easter Monday Family Fun Day & Craft Fair

Monday 22nd April
Florence Court
Normal Admission

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Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills – Scrub Clearance

Sunday 28th April
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills
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NI Environment & No Deal Brexit 15 April 2019

Northern Ireland’s Environment in No Deal Brexit Scenario

 

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Since the EU Referendum result, NIEL has been liaising with DAERA officials in relation to the potential impacts of Brexit on our local environment. The primary form of this interaction has been through our ongoing participation in the various DAERA Brexit Stakeholder forums including those set up to consider: Fisheries & Marine, Rural Society; Environmental; and Trade & Agricultural issues.

Should the UK depart the EU in a No Deal scenario, we have raised a number of issues that need to be considered by DAERA in its No Deal Contingency planning work. These include: the potential widening of the environmental governance gap between NI and GB; the loss of access to the European Commission & the European Court of Justice who have underpinned environmental protection in the UK as they will no longer have jurisdiction in NI; possible delays in the passing of goods across Borders creating a ‘pile up’ of agricultural produce leading to serious environmental challenges in terms of disposing of surplus milk, offal and other produce; differences in cross–border regulatory regimes creating opportunities for criminal activity, including the movement and dumping of waste, with inevitable environmental consequences.

We are also concerned that problems in the agricultural supply chain could lead to the non–movement of animals and agricultural produce from farms, which in turn could result in the illegal environmental dumping of farm produce and animal waste as well as increased stocking densities, causing environmental damage to both designated and non–designated sites in terms of overgrazing or poaching of land etc.

Finally, we are calling for clear prioritisation of the environmental risks and how they will be dealt with, including those that will arise in the days and weeks after Day One. Not least should we leave the EU with ‘no deal’, we would be without a framework for environmental co–operation with our near neighbours thereby reducing our ability to work together on transboundary environmental issues which would be particularly problematic on the island of Ireland.

Meanwhile our Brexit work continues through our Sustainable Land Use, Marine & Fisheries, Nature & Environmental Protection and Cross–border Working groups.

If you would like to participate in any of these groups contact: sean@nienvironmentlink.org

Visit our Nature Matters NI page for more information.