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Nov 2017 right left


Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details

Scrub Clearance & Conserving the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly

Monday 27th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

Wednesday 29th November
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
See website for details


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: