Today, RSPB NI director Joanne Sherwood and colleagues met with DAERA Minister Edwin Poots at Stormont to discuss a range of conservation issues and the nature and climate crisis.
RSPB NI Director, Joanne Sherwood said:
“I would like to thank the Minister for a productive meeting where we discussed a range of conservation issues including the nature and climate crisis. We discussed with the Minister the need for Northern Ireland to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change and the need to fulfil the environmental commitments within ‘New Decade New Approach’.”
RSPB NI highlighted the role of natural solutions as invest-to-save measures that government needs to put at the centre of any local Climate Change Act.
“RSPB NI welcomes the recognition from the Minister that Northern Ireland can make a ‘significant contribution’ to addressing the global challenge of climate change. We welcomed the commitment from the Minister that the new ‘Forests for our Future Programme’ will plant ‘the right trees in the right place’ and take into account the sensitivities of key habitats and species.
“RSPB NI can demonstrate what works in terms of natural solutions to climate change here in Northern Ireland. For example, in the Antrim hills, we are working with NI Water to restore peatland, one of the most valuable ecosystems we have for preserving biodiversity and storing carbon dioxide.
“We also discussed the need for post-Brexit legislation in the areas of Environmental Protection, Agriculture and Fisheries to be robust to ensure that our local environment is protected for the next generation.”
Pictured left to right: Joanne Sherwood, RSPB NI director, Edwin Poots, Environment minister, Daithi McKay, advocacy and campaigns officer, Gregory Woulahan, operations director / head of land and John Martin, head of policy and advocacy.
Last Updated: Tuesday 3 March 2020