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Shovel–ready Nature–based Solutions in the UK Overseas Territories

Wednesday 16th September
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The future for agricultural land use – productivity, environmental sustainability, and innovation

Thursday 17th September
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Embedding the natural capital approach in planning and development

Thursday 17th September
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Culture Night 2020 – Discover The Irish Architectural Archive

Friday 18th September
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Financing place–based climate action – how to deliver a green and just recovery from COVID–19?

Friday 18th September
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RSPB Woodlands for Climate and Nature

Tuesday 22nd September
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Next steps for reducing food waste and plastic packaging – innovation and latest initiatives, responsibility and accountability, and priorities for policy

Tuesday 22nd September
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Marine Energy in Northern Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday 23rd September
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Healthy People on a Healthy Planet

Thursday 24th September
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Local climate praxis: bridging the gap between theory and practice on local

Wednesday 30th September
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Built heritage

The built heritage of Northern Ireland is one of the regions prime assets. Our built heritage has long been recognised as an attraction to visitors, but there is massive scope to development this role in tourism and place–making further – for the good of society and of the heritage itself.

Built heritage

A legacy of inappropriate development and neglect has resulted in the deterioration of the built heritage in Northern Ireland. Climate change also poses significant risks which are likely to come from rainfall variations and extreme weather events – especially from wetter, milder winters that may cause a shift in the mode and rate of weathering patterns, and the threat of loss of fabric in vulnerable buildings and archaeology. Land subsidence, increased storm events and coastal processes will also present challenges to the built heritage.

NIEL work to promote a more strategic approach to the built heritage sector and the economic benefits it can bring to Northern Ireland. 

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum. NIAF facilitates individuals and organisations who work to study, protect and promote the built heritage of the region. By raising the profile of the historic environment with the public and politicians, the Forum works to ensure that our heritage is valued and maintained for the future.

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In recent years, the condition and use of 127 important historic buildings has improved through provision of NIEA grants for repair and maintenance.

Northern Ireland’s top historic attractions include the Botanic Gardens in Belfast (689,000 visitors), Derry City Walls (248,000), the Carrick–a–Rede Rope Bridge (238,000) and Mount Stewart House (150,000).

The total number of protected buildings is estimated to be around 8,500 in Northern Ireland.

The total number of historic monuments is estimated to be around 200 in Northern Ireland.

There has been a modest increase in the number of buildings listed in recent years with a total of 8,497 statutory listings in 2011/12, compared to 8,191 in 2003/04.