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Hedge & Garden Maintenance

Sunday 2nd December
Derryanvil, near Portadown
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NIEL AGM 2018

Tuesday 4th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
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Making Environmentally Friendly Christmas Decorations

Saturday 15th December
South Belfast
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NIEL Recommendations for Ecosystem services

  • The Northern Ireland NEA should inform policy across all government departments to ensure long–term sustainable management of ecosystems and delivery of their services
  • A fully integrated cross–departmental and inter–sectoral approach is needed to align policy and ensure value of ecosystems services is reflected in decision making
  • Greater understanding of ecosystem services is required at public and political levels
  • Further research on the value of ecosystem services in the UK, in particular the Northern Ireland context, to establish financial values for service delivery, is required
  • Effective ecosystem management at appropriate spatial scales – the island of Ireland, as a bio–geographical unit, should be considered as a whole for ecosystem management
  • Carbon management should be seen as an important part of management for multiple service delivery
  • The full value of sequestration in existing habitats must be factored into carbon and greenhouse gas budgets and targets and given weight when making decisions on land management regimes
  • A network of ecologically coherent sites should form a core for integrated management within the wider environment, delivering ecosystem services and minimising environmental degradation
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) should be seen as a key way forward in encouraging land management for the delivery of ecosystem services
  • Future scenarios should be used to encourage decision makers to think about the long–term implications of land management decisions for ecosystem health and service delivery