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    Woodland Management

    Sunday 3rd November
    Rea’s Wood Antrim
    Free

    Co–act for Climate

    Monday 4th November
    Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Room 01/052, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

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    Creating Our Sustainable Future

    Thursday 7th November
    Queen’s University Belfast, Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

    Linen Quarter Regeneration – Café Conversation

    Thursday 7th November
    Pug Uglys, 21 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EJ
    Free

    Book Launch “Facing Up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope”

    Friday 8th November
    Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN
    Free

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    Nature Based Solutions – Benefits that biodiversity can provide for organisations and communities

    Monday 11th November
    Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GS
    Free

    Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy

    Monday 11th November
    Malone Lodge Belfast

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    Sustainable Heritage Tourism Conference 2019

    Wednesday 13th November
    Marine Hotel Ballycastle, 1–3 North Street, Ballycastle BT54 6BN

    The Power of Walking Conference

    Thursday 14th November
    Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
    Free

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    Mucky Route Repairs

    Saturday 16th November
    Cushendun, BT44 0PJ

    Path Clearing – 40th Anniversary Event

    Sunday 17th November
    Milford Cutting Co Armagh
    10am

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    Great Autumn Clean–Up

    Wednesday 20th November
    Initially meet at Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

    Urban Green Roofs: Policy, Design, Climate, Resilience and Biodiversity

    Thursday 21st November
    David Keir Building Hub, Queen’s University Belfast

    NI Environment Strategy Discussion Workshop

    Thursday 21st November
    Rural Community Network Offices, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 8EF

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    Bramble Bash

    Saturday 23rd November
    Whitepark Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH

    Return of the Hedges

    Saturday 23rd November
    White Park Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH

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    2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch

    Tuesday 26th November
    Belfast Harbour

    NICVA General Election 2019 Hustings Event

    Wednesday 27th November
    NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

    Act on air pollution: Save lives

    Wednesday 27th November
    The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, BT1 2NJ

    Hydrogen and Alternative Low Emission Fuels Seminar

    Thursday 28th November
    e3 Campus, 398 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DU

    Climate Change, Decarbonisation and The Net Zero Report

    Friday 29th November
    Grand Central Hotel, Bedford Street, Belfast
    £0 Member. £50 (+VAT) non–Member

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    Agriculture

    Agriculture has shaped much of the landscape of rural Northern Ireland, occupying approximately 73.9% of the total land area producing food and a range of public goods on which the people of Northern Ireland depend.

    Agriculture

    Agricultural land can provide multiple benefits to society and how we use such land can play a pivotal role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, halting biodiversity loss, flood reduction, supporting productive agriculture and shaping places where people want to live and work.

    In April 2013, the Agri–Food Strategy Board produced ‘Going for Growth’, a strategic action plan for growth in the sector up to 2020. The strategy is very ambitious in terms of projected growth in employment (15%) and sales (60% overall, with 75% of sales outside Northern Ireland). These ambitious growth plans present a major risk to the environment and must be matched with an equal desire for environmental sustainability.

    In recent decades the CAP has pushed farming in an unsustainable direction. Agricultural intensification has resulted in unintended consequences for the environment such as declines in wildlife, problems with water quality and a reduction in soil quality, all of which form the productive base of agriculture.

    However, agriculture can be part of the solution, which is evidenced through the role farmers and land managers play in the maintenance of landscapes and delivery of current agri–environment schemes.  The CAP has not been effective at meeting one of its key outcomes of helping to build a resilient agricultural industry. In NI 87% of farm income is derived from EU subsidies– compared with 53% for the UK. Without financial support most farming in NI is uneconomically viable. This has been brought into stark relief by the risks posed to future agriculture support and the implications for farming as a result of the UK’s decision to the leave the EU.

     

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    Agricultural policy costs €57.7billion annually – 40% of the EU budget.

    The water footprint of agricultural products contributes by far the largest fraction of the total water footprint of EU27+1.

    Over the last 10 years, employment in farming has dropped by 25% with an overall loss of 3.7 million jobs.

    Annually 90 million tonnes of food, or 179kg per person, or 50% of all edible and healthy food is wasted in EU households, supermarkets, restaurants and along the food supply chain.

    The cost of soil degradation is estimated at €38billion annually.

    20% of all private sector employment in Northern Ireland is in the Agri–Food sector.

    The farming and processing industries contribute around £1billion per annum of value added to the local economy.

    Farm numbers and incomes have been declining in real terms for the past 28 years, while Northern Ireland’s primary agricultural outputs are livestock and dairy products, for both local consumption and export.

    Arable production has continued to decline since 1981. Potatoes, apples and mushrooms are the main crops for human use, with wheat, arable crop silage and other crops increasing in recent years.

    10% of Northern Ireland is woodland. 0.75% of NI is ancient woodland.