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9th IUCN UK Peatland Programme Conference – Peatlands: Investing in the Future

Tuesday 1st October
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
See website for details

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Comber Greenway Task Day

Saturday 5th October
Billy Neill crossing at 9am, Dundonald or on the greenway under North Road bridge at 9.30am, East Belfast
Free

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NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen
£60

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2019

Tuesday 8th October
La Mon, Belfast
See website for details

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Citigroup Environmental Expo

Thursday 10th October
Citigroup, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Free

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Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 12th October
Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

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CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Maintaining a Young Hedge

Sunday 20th October
Kilmacrew House near Banbridge
Free

The Future of Food Packaging

Monday 21st October
CAFRE Loughry Campus, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Inaugural QUB Sustainability Lecture

Wednesday 23rd October
Peter Froggatt Centre/0G/007, Queen’s University Belfast
Free

Water Framework Directive Stakeholder Conference 2019

Wednesday 23rd October
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS
Free

CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

Enough is Enough – The Rise and Rise of Food Poverty

Friday 25th October
TBC, Belfast
Free

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Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London
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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.