Future of Environmental Governance in NI

Mary Dobbs (Organiser), Gravey, V. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


This funded workshop discusses environmental governance in Northern Ireland in the context of the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit. The aim of the workshop was to gather views on the proposed environmental governance arrangements as set out by UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Perspectives were sought from all interested stakeholders, including eNGOs, academics, policy and decision makers. This event was co-organised by Queen’s University Belfast and Nature Matters NI.

Each topic’s discussion started with a short presentation to set the scene (5-10 min), then opening up to roundtable discussion among all participants. Key points were be teased out and summarized at the end of each session – including areas of agreement, differences of opinion and where matters were left unresolved.

Discussions informed the development of positions on environmental governance options for NI and the specific Defra consultation on environmental governance and principles (closing date: 2nd August), as well as the broader QUB Environment and Brexit research agenda.

Following the workshop, we created a workshop report, policy paper, submission to the consultation, journal article and fed into/reviewed submissions by environmental NGOs.
Subsequently, this also informed further submissions, engagements with DAERA and NGOs, and influenced several later projects.
Period23 Jul 2018
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom