Shaping the Future of Environmental Protection: Environment Bill governance

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Shaping the Future of Environmental Protection: Environment Bill Governance Arrangements in Northern Ireland

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The Environmental Policy Forum is hosting an event series to facilitate how the future governance arrangements set out in the Environment Bill can be implemented to best effect in Northern Ireland.

Join this session to hear from experts on:

• Environmental Improvement Plans – and what is needed to provide a coherent set of policies and proposals which give businesses and communities clarity on priorities so they can make a full contribution to significantly improving the natural environment.

• Policy Statement on Environmental Principles – and how best to implement in a way that contributes to genuine improvements in environmental protection and sustainable development.

• Office for Environmental Protection – the role and function that the new “green watchdog” can play in monitoring progress, advising on changes in environmental law, and holding public authorities to account in Northern Ireland.


• Welcome and overview – Martin Baxter, IEMA

• Environment Bill overview – Ruth Chambers, Green Alliance

• Why the Bill is important in the context of Northern Ireland – Perspectives from Sean Kelly (NI Environment Link), Viviane Gravey (Queen’s University Belfast) and Neil Hutcheson (FSB NI)

• Office for Environmental Protection – John Mills (DAERA) and Paul Stookes (UKELA)

• Environmental Improvement Plans – Simon Webb (DAERA) and Viviane Gravey (Queen’s University Belfast)

• Environmental Principles – Karl Beattie (DAERA) and Jane Clarke (RSPB)

• Final panel Q&As

• Closing remarks

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