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    Influencing the Policy Agenda

    Tuesday 2nd June

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    Wildflower Walk

    Saturday 27th June
    RSPB Portmore Lough 1 Georges Island Road Aghalee BT67 0DW
    £5.68 – £6.95

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    Management of Extreme Events in Lakes and Catchments

    Tuesday 30th June
    Muirhevna Building, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Rd., Dundalk, Ireland
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    Assembly News
    Jan 2020
    Brexit and Northern Ireland: A Reading List

    Brexit and Northern Ireland: A Reading List
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides a list of journal articles, blog articles, briefing papers and other reading materials relating to the UK’s exit from the EU…

    May 2017
    Sources of Funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector

    Sources of Funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This briefing paper provides an overview of the different types of funding available from public, charitable…

    Apr 2017
    Japanese knotweed

    Japanese knotweed
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The following paper considers legislation in Northern Ireland (NI) across GB and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) surrounding Japanese Knotweed…

    Mar 2017
    Background paper on Waste Management in Northern Ireland

    Background paper on Waste Management in Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides background information to the Committee in relation to NI waste policy…

    Mar 2017
    Recycling in Germany

    Recycling in Germany
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides an overview of the current state of recycling in Germany and the policy behind the approach used…

    Mar 2017
    Planning, financing and delivering transport infrastructure

    Planning, financing and delivering transport infrastructure
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    This paper compares the various ways in which transport infrastructure is planned, financed and delivered…

    Dec 2016
    Possible implications of ‘Brexit’ for transport and water policy

    Possible implications of ‘Brexit’ for transport and water policy
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper briefly outlines the influence of the EU on the work of the Department for Infrastructure…

    Oct 2016
    Forms of farm support/subsidy as operated in selected countries and associated conditions

    Forms of farm support/subsidy as operated in selected countries and associated conditions
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper looks at the methods of agricultural support that are available to farmers around the world…

    Oct 2016
    Examples of UK environmental legislation which pre–date EU legislation

    Examples of UK environmental legislation which pre–date EU legislation
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The vast majority of environmental policy and legislation in NI, and the UK as a whole, is governed by the EU…

    Oct 2016
    Aarhus Convention

    Aarhus Convention
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The following note is in response to a Committee request concerning the responsible body or depository of the Aarhus Convention…

    Sep 2016
    Northern Ireland’s environment – background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations

    Northern Ireland’s environment – background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper considers some of the areas under environment that may be impacted by leaving the EU…

    Sep 2016
    Legislative and policy response to the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in the UK and Ireland

    Legislative and policy response to the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in the UK and Ireland
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    Examines policy response of the UK and Irish administrations to the threat of flooding…

    Jan 2016
    River pollution in Northern Ireland: An overview of causes and monitoring systems, with examples of preventative measures

    River pollution in Northern Ireland: An overview of causes and monitoring systems, with examples of preventative measures
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    Examines the potential causes of river pollution…

    Oct 2015
    Sustainable Drainage System provisions within the Water and Sewerage Services Bill

    Sustainable Drainage System provisions within the Water and Sewerage Services Bill
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    There is a range of legislation and policy that promotes SuDS in Northern Ireland. However, there is not…

    Sep 2015
    Environmental Better Regulation Bill

    Environmental Better Regulation Bill
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    This Bill paper gives a brief overview of the Environmental Better Regulation Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 22 June 2015.

    Feb 2015
    Car free days: A literature review

    Car free days: A literature review
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The concept of closing city streets to motorised traffic and opening it up to pedestrians and cyclists first gained popularity in the Colombian city of Bogotá…

    Feb 2015
    Why do people cycle & what benefits does cycling bring?

    Why do people cycle & what benefits does cycling bring?
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    This literature review explores current understanding of what makes cycling so attractive…

    Feb 2015
    Cycling for leisure, recreation and tourism

    Cycling for leisure, recreation and tourism
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    It has been a long standing objective of the Department for Regional Development to increase the number of people who use a bicycle to complete everyday…

    Jan 2015
    Report on the Committee’s Inquiry into Wind Energy

    Report on the Committee’s Inquiry into Wind Energy

    This report sets out the key conclusions and recommendations of the Committee for the Environment on its inquiry into wind energy, and the evidence…

    Dec 2014
    Wind Farm Community Benefits

    Wind Farm Community Benefits
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The following paper is in relation to a request from the Environment Committee on community benefits from wind farm developments.

    Dec 2014
    Co–operative Wind Farm Schemes in Scotland

    Co–operative Wind Farm Schemes in Scotland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee for information on co–operative wind farm projects in Scotland.

    Dec 2014
    Co–op Wind Farms in Northern Ireland

    Co–op Wind Farms in Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    This paper provides information on the Drumlin’s Cooperative which is the first co–operative (co–op) wind farm in Northern Ireland.

    Dec 2014
    Onshore Wind Power in Denmark

    Onshore Wind Power in Denmark
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee. It gives background to wind power in Denmark including an overview of the policy…

    Dec 2014
    Background for Study Visit: Resource Efficiency

    Background for Study Visit: Resource Efficiency
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of ‘resource efficiency’ promoted by ReNEW…

    Oct 2014
    CAP Reform 2014–20:  EU Agreement and  Implementation in  the UK and in Ireland

    CAP Reform 2014–20: EU Agreement and Implementation in the UK and in Ireland
    Research Paper

    This paper sets out the reactions and emerging implementation decisions of the four countries of the UK.

    Jul 2014
    Carrier bags – Environmental Impact

    Carrier bags – Environmental Impact
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper is an update to the research paper from 2011 Comparison of Environmental Impact of Plastic, Paper and Cloth Bags.

    May 2014
    Renewable Energy Initiatives within the Public Sector

    Renewable Energy Initiatives within the Public Sector
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of initiatives taken within the public sector…

    Feb 2014
    The Reservoirs Bill

    The Reservoirs Bill
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    This Bill paper provides an overview of the Reservoirs Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 20th January 2014.

    Jan 2014
    Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme

    Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme

    Jan 2014
    Planning — Preparing for 2015

    Planning — Preparing for 2015
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on Planning – Preparing for 2015

    Jan 2014
    Electricity: security of supply

    Electricity: security of supply
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The following paper provides an overview of evidence presented to the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee on the issue of electricity security of supply.

    Jan 2014
    Electricity prices: European comparisons

    Electricity prices: European comparisons
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    This paper compares domestic and industrial electricity prices across 32 European countries. The allocation of component costs on a per kilowatt charge basis…

    Jan 2014
    Statutory Bodies in Community Planning: Scotland

    Statutory Bodies in Community Planning: Scotland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee on the contribution of statutory bodies to community planning in Scotland.

    Jan 2014
    General Power of Competence in England

    General Power of Competence in England
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The following paper considers the General Power of Competence under the Localism Act 2011.

    Dec 2013
    Approved Wind Farm Applications and Buffer Zones

    Approved Wind Farm Applications and Buffer Zones
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The following paper was requested by the Environment Committee during its consideration of a wind inquiry.

    Dec 2013
    Report on the Committee’s Review into Electricity Policy

    Report on the Committee’s Review into Electricity Policy
    Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee Report

    Security of electricity supply is about keeping the lights on during peaks and troughs in electricity demand…

    Nov 2013
    Creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas 18/11/2013

    Creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas 18/11/2013
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on the creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas.

    Nov 2013
    Climate Change Legislation and Targets

    Climate Change Legislation and Targets
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee and gives an overview of legislation containing climate change targets…

    Nov 2013
    Energy Security

    Energy Security
    Research Paper

    This background briefing paper is presented to inform Members of the North/South Inter–Parliamentary Association (N/SI–PA) on the topic of energy security…

    Oct 2013
    Wind Turbines: Planning and  Separation Distances

    Wind Turbines: Planning and Separation Distances
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee. It gives a summary of the planning process for wind development…

    Oct 2013
    Local Government Bill

    Local Government Bill
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    The following Bill paper gives a brief overview of the Local Government Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 23rd of September 2013.

    Oct 2013
    Community Planning

    Community Planning
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee in relation to community planning and examples.

    Aug 2013
    Potential opportunities for and  threats to the local sea fishing industry

    Potential opportunities for and threats to the local sea fishing industry
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides a brief overview of some of the potential threats and opportunities facing the sea…

    Jul 2013
    High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing 16/07/13

    High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing 16/07/13
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing.

    Jul 2013
    Review of Operation of PPS21 16/07/13

    Review of Operation of PPS21 16/07/13
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on the Review of the Operation of PPS 21: Sustainable Development in the Countryside.

    Jul 2013
    Waste Crime 16/7/2013

    Waste Crime 16/7/2013
    Written Ministerial Statement

    Written Ministerial Statement on Waste Crime: The Threat of Criminality and Organised Crime.

    Jun 2013
    Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries

    Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries
    Research Paper

    This paper describes and compares the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries.

    Jun 2013
    EU freshwater policy

    EU freshwater policy
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides an overview of EU water policy since the adoption of the Water Framework Policy in 2000.

    Jun 2013
    Carrier Bags Bill (2013)

    Carrier Bags Bill (2013)
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    The following paper gives an overview of the Carrier Bags Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 3rd June 2013. It considers the steps used to increase the…

    Jun 2013
    Overview of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

    Overview of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides an overview of European Fisheries…

    Jun 2013
    Public sector renewable generation uptake

    Public sector renewable generation uptake
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    The following paper uses data from Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)…

    May 2013
    Overview of the sea fishing sector in Northern Ireland – Spring 2013

    Overview of the sea fishing sector in Northern Ireland – Spring 2013
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper provides a brief overview of the current state of the sea fishing sector within Northern Ireland…

    May 2013
    Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy– Spring 2013 update

    Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy– Spring 2013 update
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    This paper provides a brief update on Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

    May 2013
    Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – Spring 2013 update

    Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – Spring 2013 update
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    This paper provides a brief update on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

    May 2013
    Bovine TB and vaccination update – Spring 2013

    Bovine TB and vaccination update – Spring 2013
    Research and Information Service Briefing Note

    This paper gives a brief update on vaccinating cattle against Bovine TB.

    May 2013
    Census 2011: Key Statistics at Assembly Area level

    Census 2011: Key Statistics at Assembly Area level
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    This paper contains an analysis of Key Statistics from Census 2011 for Assembly Areas under the following…

    Feb 2013
    Anaerobic Digestion across the UK and Europe

    Anaerobic Digestion across the UK and Europe
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    The following paper considers the use of anaerobic digestion in the UK and Europe. It explores the legislative framework in Europe and NI…

    Feb 2013
    Government Support for Public Transport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Government Support for Public Transport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper compares the types and levels of transport subsidy paid in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

    Jan 2013
    Access and Liability Briefing

    Access and Liability Briefing
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    The following paper is the briefing given to the Environment Committee on Access and Liability legislation in Northern Ireland.

    Jan 2013
    A Public Transport Authority for Northern Ireland

    A Public Transport Authority for Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    Public Transport Reform has been based around the formation of a transport authority for Northern Ireland. A number of different organisational models…

    Jan 2013
    Planning Bill 2012

    Planning Bill 2012
    Research and Information Service Bill Paper

    An overview of the clauses of the 2012 Planning Bill, and will returning to some issues during the consideration of equivalent provisions within the 2011 Act.

    Dec 2012
    ’Green’ job estimates: Northern  Ireland

    ’Green’ job estimates: Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Research Paper

    A current estimate of jobs in Northern Ireland’s low carbon and environmental sector.

    Dec 2012
    Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland

    Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    Prepared in response to a request from the Environment Committee for information regarding occupiers’ liability in terms of access to the countryside.

    Jun 2012
    Local Government Reform Past and Present

    Local Government Reform Past and Present
    Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

    This paper considers the past Local Government Reform, before suspension of the reform programme in 2010.