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Events

 

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Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
Free

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Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart
£19

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS
Free

Crafted

Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh
Free

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details

Scrub Clearance & Conserving the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly

Monday 27th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

Wednesday 29th November
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
See website for details

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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.