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Introduction to the Environmental Pillar


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An introduction to the Environmental Pillar. The Environmental Pillar is made up of 26 national environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who work together to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector.

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Introduction to the Environmental Pillar

  1. 1. 1Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  2. 2. • 1987 Social Partnership established – Farmers, Trade Unions and Employers • 1997 Community and Voluntary Pillar included • April 2009 - Environmental Pillar established following a decision of the Cabinet 2Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  3. 3. Advocacy Coalition of National Environmental NGOs An Taisce. Bat Conservation Ireland. BirdWatch Ireland. CELT. Coast Watch. Coomhola Salmon Trust. Crann. Curlew Trust. Cultivate. ECO UNESCO. Feasta. Forest Friends. Friends of the Earth. Global Action Plan Ireland. Gluaiseacht. Good Energies Alliance Ireland. Green Economy Foundation. Green Foundation Ireland. Hedge Laying Association of Ireland. Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Irish Seed Savers Association. Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Irish Wildlife Trust. The Native Woodland Trust. The Organic Centre. Sonairte. VOICE. Zero Waste Alliance Ireland 3Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  4. 4. “The continuing success of Irish society depends fundamentally on the preservation of the overall productivity, health and long term sustainability of the eco-systems and environmental services that underpin and supply many of the most basic components of human welfare - such as healthy soils, flourishing biodiversity, clean water and clean air. 4Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  5. 5. STRUCTURE • Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between members • Consensus decision-making • Plenary • Steering Committee • Action Groups with approved work packages • Coordinator and secretariat support 5Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  6. 6. Representation on: – European Economic and Social Council – National Economic and Social Council – A range of Government advisory bodies e.g. National Forestry Policy Review Group; RDP Monitoring Committee; 2025 Agri-Food Review; CAP Post 2013 Consultative Committee; Biodiversity Forum; Sea Fisheries Advisory Committee; Housing Forum; Public Transport Forum; Designated Areas Appeals Boards; The National Monitoring Committee of the European Fisheries Fund; Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM); Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group; Waste Advisory Group; Irish Water Stakeholder Forum; Hen Harrier Threat Response Programme; RIFFs 6Michael Ewing - Coordinator
  7. 7. Local Representation – Until 2013, 166 people nominated to: – County Development Boards – Strategic Policy Committees – Boards of Integrated Local Development Companies • Now - validating body for membership of the Environmental Electoral Colleges of the 31 Public Participation Networks • Environmental Networks established in each local authority area Michael Ewing - Coordinator 7
  8. 8. 2017 Action Groups Michael Ewing - Coordinator 8 Climate Action and Energy Transition Environmental Education in Second Level Schools Greening the Budget Marine Protected Areas Researching, Testing and Publishing a Good Practice Guide on Citizen Engagement Safeguards for birds and biodiversity in afforestation Circular Economy Biofuels and Bioenergy
  9. 9. European Citizens Initiative A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. A citizens' initiative has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states. A minimum number of signatories is required in each of those 7 member states. Michael Ewing - Coordinator 9
  10. 10. People4Soil Soil is one of the most strategic resources of Europe, as it ensures food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change regulation. It's time to protect the soils of Europe. 10
  11. 11. Coalition 2030 Michael Ewing - Coordinator 11
  12. 12. Thank You Go raibh maith agaibh Michael Ewing - Coordinator 12