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Northern Ireland

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Terms of Reference

The Northern Ireland working party provides advice to UKELA on environmental law issues relevant to Northern Ireland with a particular emphasis on environmental governance. It focuses on topical issues and seeks to influence them in the context of UKELA's overall aims.

The current priorities of the working party are:

  1. advising UKELA on its engagement on the way forward for environmental governance in Northern Ireland following the NI Government’s decision not to create an independent Environmental Protection Agency.
  2. working to secure improvements in the regulatory and enforcement roles of the renamed NI Environment Agency, in particular through the NI Government’s “Better Regulation Initiative” and any future consultations.
  3. helping UKELA work with other NGOs who share UKELA's objectives in Northern Ireland.
  4. providing expert speakers for events.
  5. monitoring the implementation of European legislation in Northern Ireland, and advising UKELA when to make representations about any shortfalls.
  6. providing input into consultations on the implementation of legislation in Northern Ireland.

Any member of UKELA with expertise in Northern Ireland is welcome to join the working party. Contact the group's convenor if you would like to join. There is no requirement for members to attend meetings, and most communications are electronic.

Working party members are free to circulate material to other members and provide updates, exchange information etc which may be of interest to the group, or make suggestions at any time about the work of the group.

Next Meeting

Join us in October for a seminar on Cross Border issues in the wake of the Brexit vote. We will have expert speakers covering a range of key issues. The seminar will be held in Belfast. More details including how to book will be published here soon.

Recent Events and Activities

September 2015 Seminar on the Environmental Better Regulation Bill

UKELA partnered with EPLANI for a seminar on the Environmental Better Regulation Bill. Speakers included representatives from the Department of the Environment (NI), Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association and Friends of the Earth (NI).

The working party also met to discuss Better Regulation Reforms on Saturday 21st June 2014 at UKELA's annual conference in Edinburgh. The meeting was held jointly with the Wales and Scottish Law working parties, and examined reforms across the devolved administrations.

October 2013 seminar on Strategic Environmental Assessment

UKELA partnered with EPLANI once again for the fifth in the annual series of seminars, focusing the spotlight this year on Strategic Environmental Assessment in Northern Ireland. Speakers included representatives from the Department of Environment, Friends of the Earth, Landmark Chambers and Progenus.

October 2012 seminar on Habitat Protection

UKELA partnered with EPLANI for a half day seminar on habitats protection in Northern Ireland. Speakers included the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the National Trust, Landmark Chambers and Queen's University Belfast. UKELA's nature conservation working party convenor also joined the panel.

Independent Environment Agency

The working party has supported options to establish an independent Environment Agency in Northern Ireland in the latest government consultation on this matter (September 2011).

Press release about the independent environment agency options

The Working Party had considered the independent Final Report on the Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland published and presented to the devolved government in May 2007.

Consultation Responses

Document TitleComments
Response to DoE discussion document on establishing an Independent Environment Agency, September 2011 
Response to Consultation November 2008 
Response on the Review of Governance Final Report Sept 2007 
Response of 14 August 2006 on Environmental Regulation in Northern Ireland 

Convenor

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan

Planning & environment partner at TLT, in the firm's Energy & Renewables team. Andrew has previously practised at Tughans, Carson McDowell and CMS Cameron McKenna in London. He started his career at the Environment Agency.

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