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Have your say on Northern Ireland's first ever Environment Strategy

19 September 2019


DAERA launches public discussion to gather feedback to help create a long-term strategy on the environment

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views from businesses and the public to help shape Northern Ireland's first ever Environment Strategy.

This initial public discussion is designed to determine how best to enhance and protect our environment. The accompanying discussion document has four themes:

  • Environmental Engagement - how the public, business & industry connect and engage with the environment and DAERA, including education, public awareness and technology.
  • Environmental Prosperity - the value of the environment in economic terms, both directly and indirectly, extending to topics such as tourism, leisure activities and agri-food.
  • Environmental Efficiency - “big picture” issues such as climate action; resource efficiency; circular with the aim of achieving sustainable production and consumption.
  • Environmental Quality - the protection and enhancement of all aspects of our environment including air, water, biodiversity, noise and land - focusing on the benefits of health & well-being, environmental justice, and economic prosperity.

It is intended that the Environment Strategy will sit alongside other Northern Ireland Executive strategies on sustainable development, economic and public health.

DAERA will publish a summary of the findings before drafting the “Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland” in early 2020.

The public discussion is open for 14 weeks and will close on 23 December 2019.

You can download the discussion document and take part online now.