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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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NIEL response to DOE budget cuts 19 December 2014

The 2015–16 Budget threatens to tear the heart out of the Northern Ireland Environment

 

Proposed cuts to the Department of the Environment are disproportionate to other departments. Many of the organisations that look after your environment are at risk of a 100% cut. We need to act urgently to let the NI Executive know that we value the natural and historic environment of Northern Ireland and the organisations that care for it.

The impact of the cuts will be far reaching:

  • The loss of 1/3 of DOE staff
  • The termination of a wide range of grant and other support programmes including Natural Heritage Grants and Listed Buildings Grants
  • This will lead to the reduction and closure of many of the NGOs that look after our environment
  • Key environmental and educational programmes will be lost

 

NIEL Consultation Response: Department of the Environment Draft Budget 2015–16

NIEL Consultation Response: NI Executive Draft Budget 2015–16

 

The PDF version of the above Prezi can be viewed here.

 

The environment is yours – so have your say.

Please:

• Share this page, the above “your environment is…” Prezi or PDF version through social media, using the #MyEnvironment tag.

• Write to the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Department of the Environment using the sample text that we have written for you (department email addresses included) – here.

 

Northern Ireland Environment Link believes that:

• The environment underpins our society; our economy, tourism, health, food and water are all dependent upon a healthy environment

• The proposed budget allocations are not viable. The overall level of cut is too great to be managed within the budget period. The NI Executive were aware of the financial pressures, and they should have put procedures in place to deal with this over the preceding years, not leaving it to a 4 month period.

• The Department of the Environment (DoE) budget is unviable for the delivery of its responsibilities and priorities – any cuts to the DoE should be in line with and not exceed those of other government Departments.

• This budget equates to a cull of the heritage and environmental NGOs in Northern Ireland – organisations which are relied upon to deliver functions that are provided by statutory agencies in other jurisdictions. If funding reductions are inevitable they must be managed so that the NGO sector can retain its capacity to deliver these essential functions.

• The key strength of the NGO sector is its ability to deliver outcomes more efficiently than the public sector by the ability to leverage in significant additional finance, and also through the use of a major volunteer workforce. Cutting NGOs when major operational change is required, would be a false economy.

• Failing to fund the protection of our internationally important environmental assets puts NI at risk of EU infraction and fines – this is a reality given the precarious state of many of our priority habitats. Infraction fines could consist of a minimum lump sum of around £10m and daily fines for continuing non–compliance.

• For a relatively small investment by the Executive, the environment and heritage sector delivers key government objectives, leverages external funding and engages a passionate volunteer community.