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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

Saving and Generating Energy – the Co–operative Way

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

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EEA COVID Debate No: 3 – A Sustainable Recovery – the Scientific Perspective

Thursday 8th October
Facebook Live
Free

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TEDxStormont COUNTDOWN

Saturday 10th October
Online

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Autumn Nature Immersion – 6 Week Online Course

Monday 12th October
Online
£65.27

Global Roundtable 2020

Tuesday 13th October
Online
Free

Climate injustice: transforming many small actions into a collective response

Tuesday 13th October
Online
Free

Maximising Opportunities for Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 14th October
Online

Soil to Catchment Management of Agricultural Nutrients

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How are things going in light of Covid–19?

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Standardising environmental and social impact in land–use investment

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

#GoEastSide Webinar – Making Urban Transport More Accessible and Sustainable

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

I AM GRETA

Friday 16th October
Strand Arts Centre
£0 – £6

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EU Green Week 2020 Official Opening Event

Monday 19th October
Online
Free

As old as the hills? The chronology of caves and their landscapes

Monday 19th October
Online
Free

Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment Part 2

Tuesday 20th October
Online
Free

EU Green Week 2020 High Level Conference

Tuesday 20th October
Online
Free

SKILLS MATCH WEBINAR | Communication Tools for Effective Leadership & Project Management

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Community Energy: Its role in the future of NI’s energy system.

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Impacts of the environment, nutrient loading and other human pressures on life in rivers and lakes

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Priorities for NI infrastructure – economic recovery post COVID–19, funding and delivery, and the role of City and Growth Deals

Wednesday 21st October
Online
See website for details

Understanding Fuel Poverty and the implications for Health and Wellbeing

Thursday 22nd October
Online
Free

EEA COVID Debate No: 4 – COVID–19 and Nature –– The Planetary Boundaries

Thursday 22nd October
Facebook Live
Free

UK higher education and net zero – the curriculum, collaboration, and sustainable estates and practices

Thursday 22nd October
Online
See website for details

Changing the Focus – wildlife recording during lockdown

Friday 23rd October
Online
Free

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Reducing Carbon Usage Online Talk: XRNI with Jim Woods

Sunday 25th October
Online
Free

Halloween at Clifton Street Cemetery

Monday 26th October
Clifton Street Cemetery
£8

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Where the land meets the sea – a holistic approach towards the sustainable management of the marine environment and natural resources

Wednesday 28th October
Online
Free

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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

Friday 30th October
Online
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Freshwater

Water is an essential natural resource that plays a vital role in maintaining biodiversity, our health and well–being and economic development. Sustainable water management delivers water quality, flood abatement, climate change mitigation, landscape and wildlife and provides valuable recreational and aesthetic benefits to residents and visitors to Northern Ireland.

Freshwater

The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), through river basin management planning, establishes an integrated and holistic approach to sustainable water use, balancing social and economic factors with the need to protect and improve our water environment. The general objective of the WFD is to achieve ‘Good Ecological Status’ (GES) for all rivers, lakes and marine waters by 2021. Delivery of the WFD in NI is divided into three distinct River Basin Districts. Approximately 37% of surface waters are of sufficient quality to meet the requirements of the WFD.

Diffuse pollution from farm, road, residential and commercial run–off contributes directly to aquifers, rivers, lake and wetland contamination. Given that agriculture is a major source of diffuse pollution in Northern Ireland, this sector is key to identifying and delivering potential solutions.

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Freshwater Task Force which represents a range of organisations working together to ensure that Northern Ireland protects and improves freshwater ecosystems, actively promotes the sustainable management of our freshwater resources and fully implements the Water Framework Directive.

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The Northern Ireland River Basin Management Plans report that only 21% of water dependent protected areas are in favourable status and 11% have not been assessed.

It is estimated that there are some 120,000 septic tanks in Northern Ireland. While a properly installed and maintained septic tank system is not likely to have any adverse impact on the environment, it is estimated that at least 12,000 septic tanks are not in possession of necessary discharge consents.

Northern Ireland Water supplies 619 million litres of water every day and treats 134 million m³ of wastewater each year. On average we each use approximately 150 litres a day with about 95% of the water delivered to our homes going down the drain.

We already use 70% more water today than we did 40 years ago.

River monitoring is carried out routinely against national standards for the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Almost one quarter (23%) of monitored river waterbodies were of at least a ‘good’ standard in 2011, compared to 22% in 2010.