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Ecological Connectivity Conservation

Tuesday 1st June
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Farm Woodland Forum 2021 annual meeting: Agroforestry in Brexit landscapes

Tuesday 8th June
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Open Local Government: Greater Belfast Workshop

Tuesday 22nd June
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We need to talk about digital…Digital Connectivity & Rural NI

Wednesday 23rd June
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Open Local Government: Greater Derry/Londonderry Workshop

Thursday 24th June
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TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast – Engineering our Sustainable Future

Thursday 24th June
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Draft Peatland Strategy launched 11 June 2021

Environment Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, has launched a public consultation on the draft Northern Ireland Peatland Strategy 2021–2040

(via DAERA)

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Image by Connor McLean

During the visit, the Minister met with local landowners and Ulster Wildlife, who are working together and with other partners through the Collaborative Action for the Natural Network (CANN) project to restore precious peatland habitat on this iconic mountain.

Due to the popularity of the Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk, erosion was caused to the very fragile upland habitat.  The CANN project, funded under the INTERREG VA programme, has delivered habitat restoration and improved the path which leads to the summit cairn.

Speaking after the visit, Minister Poots said: “Fresh air, beautiful views and the wish for some physical activity, have established the Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk as a must–see visitor attraction in Northern Ireland. Of course, as its popularity increases, our efforts to protect it must also increase.

“I am really pleased to see the work being undertaken at Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation. Ulster Wildlife and their partners, including participating landowners, are striving to restore peatland habitat. It is vital that we do everything we can to protect this exceptional part of Northern Ireland, whilst at the same time, enabling visitors to enjoy what the area has to offer.”

In launching the public consultation on the draft Northern Ireland Peatland Strategy 2021–2040, Minister Poots said: “Peatland restoration is a really important nature–based solution for addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis. I have therefore issued a public consultation on a draft Northern Ireland Peatland Strategy and I am keen to hear a range of views about our proposals to take forward peatland conservation and restoration over the next two decades.

“DAERA has a vision of a protected and enhanced natural environment, which underpins our emerging policies and programmes to deliver ecological and climate resilience through nature–based solutions, green growth and sustainable agriculture.”

Read more via DAERA…