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Events

 

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The Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgupta Review

Tuesday 2nd February
Online
Free

Covid 19 – Learning from Belfast – Creating healthy places

Wednesday 3rd February
Online
Free

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Northern Ireland Food, Farm and Land Convention

Tuesday 9th February
Online

Building Soil Fertility on Farm

Wednesday 10th February
Online

Managing Plastic Waste Digital Conference

Thursday 11th February
Online
£200 – £260 + VAT

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The Protocol and the Environment

Monday 15th February
Online
Free

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FFCC’s Changing our land management

Wednesday 24th February
Online
Free

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative Speaks: Targeting, Monitoring, and Conserving Soil Biodiversity: Soil biodiversity observation networks across the globe

Wednesday 24th February
Online
Free

Priorities for moving forward low carbon heat in the UK – strategy, policy, regulation, and supporting delivery

Thursday 25th February
Online
£190 plus VAT

Digital Fundraising (CFNI)

Thursday 25th February
Online
Free

Webinar: Integrated home renovation services in Europe

Friday 26th February
Online
Free

RSPB NI: Saving Species & Combatting Climate Change

Saturday 27th February
Online
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The government has a wealth of environmental targets looming in 2020, coming from a wide range of legislation and policy (from Europe, UK and NI government). Because of the ‘life–cycle’ of any NI Executive, government can find it difficult to see threats and opportunities in the medium– to long–term. Thus, NIEL has an important role to play in monitoring progress toward 2020 targets and raising awareness of our current status in relation to them.

The Vision 2020 project seeks to identify these targets and the legislation and policy documents from which they arise, to identify how we can measure progress towards those targets, and then to produce an analysis, based on hard data, of the progress that NI is making in relation to the following areas:

  • Biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem services
  • Built heritage
  • Waste management
  • Greenhouse gases and energy
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Planning

Vision 2020 Conference – Obligation through Innovation

The annual Joint NIEA–NIEL–SAC conference was held at Crumlin Road Gaol on Friday 6th December 2013 and the theme for the day was Vision 2020. A brief overview of current progress towards meeting a range of statutory environmental targets was provided.  Scene–setting presentations were followed by a series of workshops which facilitated discussion between representatives from environmental NGOs, practitioners and policy makers.  A series of ‘Big Ideas’ (for example, signing MLAs up to be champions for habitats and species / MLA–NGO pairing scheme; sustainable catchment management; ecosystem service and valuing natural capital; resource efficiency; civic pride campaign) and associated practical actions which can offer multiple wins and accelerate progress towards achieving 2020 targets were identified.

There were some key messages from the day which could help contribute to a healthier, more valued and resilient environment. They included:

  • Fundamental, not incremental change (in government and society)
  • Partnerships are crucial – especially with the business sector
  • We need to use language that is understandable to all
  • Relentless optimism and innovation are key to success

See Northern Ireland Environment Link’s “Vision 2020 – Assessment of Progress on Targets” for an analysis of Northern Ireland’s progress toward UK government and EU targets:

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