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

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

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

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

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

Friday 18th September
Online
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RSPB Woodlands for Climate and Nature

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

Wednesday 23rd September
Online
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Healthy People on a Healthy Planet

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

Wednesday 30th September
Online
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NIEL Recommendations for Energy

  • New and ambitious long–term policies and incentivisation to support renewable energy production
  • Discourage fossil fuel exploration in Northern Ireland, including the use of unconventional methods of extraction (fracking)
  • Strategic approach to addressing our future energy needs based on sustainable growth of the renewable energy sector and more integrated strategy and policy across sectors
  • Strategic planning and development of grid infrastructure taking account of local resource availability
  • Energy efficiency improvements to existing housing stock to reduce fuel poverty, create employment and address GHG targets
  • Promote zero carbon efficiency rating within all new buildings
  • Visual, landscape, amenity, ecological and community impacts to carry more weight in determining planning applications for renewable energy infrastructure
  • Halt the unsustainable proliferation of medium–large scale single wind turbines across Northern Ireland and instead promote a strategic approach to the development of onshore wind energy. Updated Landscape Character Assessments combined with landscape/seascape capacity and environmental sensitivity studies to inform the identification of spatial zones which encompass land suitable for major wind power developments
  • Prevent the development of major renewable energy infrastructure within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s)
  • Encourage investment and incentives/financial packages to deliver a new green economy, while placing an emphasis on equipping people with the skills and training to seek active employment in a green economy. A green economy can deliver win–win outcomes for society, the economy and the environment