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Coppicing Small Trees

Sunday 8th April
Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast
Free

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Path Maintenance

Sunday 22nd April
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast
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Making Mitigation Work

Thursday 26th April
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
£45 – £160

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NIEL Recommendations for Built heritage

  • Investment in research and technology to assess, monitor and predict the potential impacts of climate change on the built heritage
  • Development and implementation of science–based mitigation and adaptation policies and practices to address climate change impacts on built heritage
  • Development of policy and guidance to promote conservation/renovation of listed and vernacular buildings as an alternative to replacement/new build and as a means of stimulating economic growth
  • Development of cross–sectoral partnerships, innovative uses and targeted incentives to bring the buildings on the ‘At Risk’ register (BHARNI) back into use
  • Engagement of NGOs in partnership programmes for the restoration and maintenance of sites of built heritage importance, utilising their access to experience, resources and volunteers
  • Promotion of traditional skills and employment through local ‘skills directories’ and delivery of traditional building skills programmes to ensure a new generation of skilled craftspeople for the future

  • Promotion of retrofitting and sustainable refurbishment of historic properties in order to contribute towards a more energy efficient, carbon neutral society

  • Promotion of the built heritage as an economic driver in Northern Ireland by highlighting its inherent value. DOE’s ‘Study of the Economic Value of Northern Ireland’s Historic Environment’ has highlighted that, for every pound of Listed Building Grant Aid invested, there was on average a £7.65 return and for every pound spent by NI core organisations for the historic environment, private sector (construction and out–of–state tourists) spent £3–4
  • Heightened implementation of the use of enforcement tools such as Repairs Notices and Compulsory Purchase Orders, to address recurring issues that impact negatively on the regeneration of a historic asset or area

  • Consideration of short and medium term opportunities that our built heritage can offer to tackle issues such as heritage crime and high levels of vacancy. Concepts which explore temporary reuse and ‘security through occupancy’, such as ‘Meanwhile’ and ‘pop–up’ uses and ‘guardian tenants’ should be explored

  • Encouragement of community–led regeneration projects which enable local trusts, co–operatives and groups to take ownership of their historic assets through asset transfer, social enterprise and co–operatives

  • Promotion and facilitation of increased capacity building in the heritage sector through programmes such as NIEL’s fundraising capacity building and training programme – ‘Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage’