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Leaf, Laois Environmental Action Forum annual report 2013

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This is a presentation of sustainable development news from Laois including some activities run by LEAF, some supported by LEAF and some welcomed by LEAF.

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Leaf, Laois Environmental Action Forum annual report 2013

  1. 1. A look back at 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  2. 2. January 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  3. 3. Mountmellick Community College attended the Youth Shadow Climate talks - Qatar in Brussels Monday 16 December 2013
  4. 4. The fight to ban Neonicontinoids began in earnest Monday 16 December 2013
  5. 5. Scientific studies published in 2011 linked neonicotinoids, found in pesticides, to the collapse of the bee population. Monday 16 December 2013
  6. 6. A two year temporary ban was eventually passed on April 29th and came into effect in December 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  7. 7. February 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  8. 8. Protecting our Woodlands became a theme, while Tullamores “King Oak” was up for the European Tree of the Year Monday 16 December 2013
  9. 9. Mens Shed comes to Portlaoise Monday 16 December 2013
  10. 10. March 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  11. 11. From Forrest to Furnace LEAF event March 14th 2013 Andy Dunne - Laois Farm Forestry Growers Group, Noel Gavigan - Irish Bio-Energy Association, Mr Thomas Cosby speaking about his choice to invest in wood energy for Cosby Hall Damien Nee from Green Energy Monday 16 December 2013
  12. 12. The wind debate began ...... Monday 16 December 2013
  13. 13. April 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  14. 14. All short listed for the Green Awards Abbeyleix Tidy Towns Aos Sí Marketing Communergy Monday 16 December 2013
  15. 15. LEAF event April 9th 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  16. 16. LAOIS HERITAGE PLAN 2013 – 2018 DRAFT for Public Consultation April-May 2013 Drive to get Natural Environment on the National Lottery funding criteria Monday 16 December 2013
  17. 17. ‘natural environment’ recognised as a worthy cause for Lottery funds Monday 16 December 2013
  18. 18. May 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  19. 19. Well done to Communergy at ECOUNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 1st in climate category Overall senior winners Monday 16 December 2013
  20. 20. Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show Fri 10 & Sat 11 May, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois. Monday 16 December 2013
  21. 21. Training for individuals and communities across Co. Laois to develop their own Local Biodiversity Action Plan Launched May 29th 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  22. 22. June 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  23. 23. Abbeyleix Bog in the Bio Blitz Monday 16 December 2013
  24. 24. Coillte sell off threats began in March leading to a national “Walk in the Woods” on June 9th Monday 16 December 2013
  25. 25. There were two walks in Laois Stradbally and Glenbarrow Monday 16 December 2013
  26. 26. June 25th 2013 Barack Obama delivered a speech about climate change addressing the young people he stated: ”It was important for me to speak directly to your generation, because the decisions that we make now and in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the world that all of you inherit.” Monday 16 December 2013
  27. 27. “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet thatʼs beyond fixing” Monday 16 December 2013
  28. 28. Laois County Council brought anyone who signed up to Cloughjordan :) Monday 16 December 2013
  29. 29. We had a fabulous summer! Monday 16 December 2013
  30. 30. A bug Hotel opened in Laois Monday 16 December 2013 ................. at Shanahoe National School
  31. 31. Monday 16 December 2013
  32. 32. July 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  33. 33. Stop Climate Chaos “In order for a Climate Bill to have any it must contain targets credibility for 2050, as well having an independent committee provide the oversight” Monday 16 December 2013
  34. 34. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) .... aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency ........ Monday 16 December 2013
  35. 35. ........ empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Monday 16 December 2013
  36. 36. LEAF hit 200 facebook fans in July 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  37. 37. August 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  38. 38. Monday 16 December 2013
  39. 39. Monday 16 December 2013
  40. 40. September 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  41. 41. Apple pressing in Ballyfin Monday 16 December 2013
  42. 42. Global Warming '95% Certain', Say Scientists What more is there to say??? Monday 16 December 2013
  43. 43. October 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  44. 44. Brussels Monday 16 December 2013
  45. 45. Monday 16 December 2013
  46. 46. November 2013 Monday 16 December 2013
  47. 47. Creating a People’s Charter on Renewable Energy Saturday, November 9th - 11.00 to 5.00 Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Portlaoise Programme 10.30 Registration & refreshments 11.00 Welcome and Introductions. Niall Crowley, Theresa Carter 11.10 How shall we make progress? Chris Chapman Defining what we want to achieve and steps to do so 11.40 Production of Renewable Energy What needs to happen? What are our priorities? Round table discussions will be focused with experts in particular forms of renewable energy production. 12.50 Lunch - survey on consultation for energy export policy 13.30 Distribution of Renewable Energy (including equality issues) What needs to happen? What are our priorities? Round table discussions will be focused with experts in particular forms of energy distribution, ownership, poverty, co-ops etc. 14.40 Monday 16 December 2013 Tea & Coffee break
  48. 48. 15.00 Keynote by Duncan Stewart 15.15 Energy Conservation What needs to happen? What are our priorities? Round table discussions will be focused on energy conservation. The key to any energy strategy must be reducing waste. How? 16.25 Next steps – what needs to happen to create a better future from here ? Based on feedback throughout the day and Powerdown workshops held throughout Laois we expect geographically connected groups for short discussions, information sharing and planning. 17.00 Close Experts Our experts are people who know lots about given technologies and systems from wind power to co-ops. Duncan Stewart, Conor McEvoy, Noel Gavigan, Michael Malone, Triona Casey, Brian Hurley, Ossian Smyth, Aedin McLoughlin, Emer O’Siochru, Robert Staiger, Dominic Dunne, Ian Lumley, Tony Lyons, Erik Vanoosten, Tom Woolley, Rick McGrath, Graham Barnes. Thank you very much to all of them for their time, energy, positivity and enthusiasm. Over arching considerations Throughout this process we must keep in mind our four base assumptions 1. Communities must be involved in planning 2. Renewable energy needs to be developed to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels 3. Fuel poverty needs to be addressed, guided by the principles of equality 4. Climate change must be addressed Hopefully this is the start of a nationwide process where the end result will be a people’s charter to deliver to our government - showing what the people want and giving a roadmap for how progress can be made - collaboratively. Monday 16 December 2013
  49. 49. Monday 16 December 2013
  50. 50. Laois/ Offaly branch of IWT formed Monday 16 December 2013
  51. 51. Training on the Aarhus Convention in Dublin Text Monday 16 December 2013
  52. 52. Work with the environmental pillar Monday 16 December 2013
  53. 53. Three environmental representatives on Laois boards: Brian Maher - Environment and planning SPC Chris Uys - Laois Partnership Company Derek Banim - County Development Board Thanks to out going representatives: Caroline Goucher Roisin Hogge Monday 16 December 2013
  54. 54. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar Monday 16 December 2013
  55. 55. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback Monday 16 December 2013
  56. 56. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM Monday 16 December 2013
  57. 57. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets Monday 16 December 2013
  58. 58. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte Monday 16 December 2013
  59. 59. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality Monday 16 December 2013
  60. 60. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition Monday 16 December 2013
  61. 61. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers Monday 16 December 2013
  62. 62. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy Monday 16 December 2013
  63. 63. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking Monday 16 December 2013
  64. 64. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture Monday 16 December 2013
  65. 65. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013
  66. 66. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment
  67. 67. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers
  68. 68. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste
  69. 69. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform
  70. 70. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform •Food harvest 2020
  71. 71. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform •Food harvest 2020 •The Aarhus Convention
  72. 72. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform •Food harvest 2020 •The Aarhus Convention •Reject abolition of the Seanad
  73. 73. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform •Food harvest 2020 •The Aarhus Convention •Reject abolition of the Seanad •Environmental protection in the constitution
  74. 74. What we’ve been discussing with the Environmental Pillar •Ash dieback •Ban on GM •Climate Change targets •Coillte •Air quality •Climate & Clean Air coalition •Badgers •Bioenergy •Fracking •Aquaculture •Climate Bill Monday 16 December 2013 •Green economy & sustainable employment •Hen harriers •Pollution & waste •Local Government reform •Food harvest 2020 •The Aarhus Convention •Reject abolition of the Seanad •Environmental protection in the constitution •Habitats directive
  75. 75. Brussels October 2013 RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY UPDATE Mr Robert LORENTZ Policy Officer Unit " Renewables and CCS policy" Directorate-General for Energy (ENER) • Impact of wind energy on peatlands and potential of wind projects to include peatland restoration. • Biofuels • 2030 targets • Over-arching approach • Feed in tarrifs role of EU • Openess of compensation for engagement with renewable energy Projects • Definition of renewable energy – incineration? • Cross compliance with other Directives o Wood as fuel as an example vs forestry for biodiversity o Health and heritage issues o Fracking • Biomass is not carbon neutral? • Anaerobic Digestion targets Monday 16 December 2013
  76. 76. Brussels October 2013 Mr Joe HENNON Spokesperson for Environment, Commissioner POTOČNIK's portfolio • • • • • • • • • 7th Environmental Action Programme Enforcement especially peat and fish farms Biodiversity targets 2020 where are we? o Ireland’s progress and incentives to move it forward o Devolution and funding of work at the local level Rules re transporting non-native species Ecocide status of the movement in Europe Recognition of rights of other species, ecosystems and the biosphere in its own right Update on bees (the new Canary) – half-way measure. Stockpiles of seed o Other chemicals o Control of movement of bee species o Genetic protection GM What is the current status of EU on this. o Insects o Forestry Directive on Fracking Monday 16 December 2013
  77. 77. Brussels October 2013 FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AND CFP REFORMS Mr Frederik SCHUTYSER Inspector – Fisheries Unit "Fisheries conservation and control – Atlantic and outermost regions" Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE) • Fully documented fisheries are essential o 1.2% fish trips observed • Monitoring, enforcement and management – acceptable levels? o Bottom up monitoring o Cross-cutting eg Biodiversity o Legal status of guidelines? • BIM controls funding for FLAGs who rubber stamp BIM decisions • Only 6 FLAGs therefoe not local. Members selected by BIM • No oversight on funding • EMFF decisions made before monitoring committee gets to see proposals o Weighted in favour of big producers at all levels o No NGO representation on key boards • Social and employment improvements cannot happen without full representation of all sectors • No socio-economic data from Ireland to Commission • PUBLIC PARTICIPATION!!! (Coastal Zone Management) • Marine Strategy Framework Directive • Marine Proptected Areas Update • Clarify Commissions role in the 6 mile limit since the CFP • Cumulative effects of seismic testing Monday 16 December 2013
  78. 78. Brussels October 2013 RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2014-2020: TOOLS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? Mr Krzysztof SULIMA Policy Officer - Horizontal Coordinator Unit " Consistency of rural development" Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) • Realignment – is commission concerned re local govt reform • Participation • No new Agri Environment Scheme in 2014 3600 in limbo from AEOS3 Yet Ireland will draw down same funding. 9k/farmer • Bad management and monitoring REPS and AEOS Schemes • Food Harvest 2020 impacts – • Aquaculture • Scale of reductions and focus of the funding available • Public money for public goods enforcement and public monitoring • What funding for forestry through RDP • Ex-ante evaluation of RDP draft programme Monday 16 December 2013
  79. 79. Brussels October 2013 IMPLEMENTATION OF EU LAW Mr Paul SPEIGHT, Head of Unit Mrs Silvija AILE, Case Handler – Infringements Mr Udo VALENTIN, Policy Officer – Structural Funds Unit "Enforcement, Cohesion Policy & European Semester" Directorate-General for Environment (ENV) • Complaints procedure • Link between EU Semester and Environmental Law • Enforcement and Freshwater Pearl Mussel • Status of Candidate SACs • Waste Directive – o diversion from landfill into recycling of hazardous waste – health and safety and environmental impacts o waste permits and licences and lack of enforcement of contracts o Support from the Commission • Natura 2000 and nature law enforcement o Dunes o Marine sites a  Aquaculture  Harvesting from wild o Peatlands • Water Framework Directive o Irish Water o Septic Tanks Case • Review of EIA Directive • Aarhus Convention • Illegal Seal Kills Monday 16 December 2013
  80. 80. Brussels October 2013 Introduction to the European Parliament – roles and powers Francis JACOBS, Head of European Parliament Office in Ireland EP involvement in EU environmental policy; inter institutional relations Sarah BLAU, EP Codecision and Conciliation Unit Overview of EP Environment Committee Agenda, Climate Change and implementation of EU environmental law Chris DAVIES MEP (ALDE/UK Lib Dem party) Dan JORGENSEN MEP (S&D/Danish Social Democratiet party) TBC Waste policy, recycling, chemicals policy Axel SINGHOFEN, Advisor to Green Group TBC Meeting with Irish MEPs (Timing TBC) Available MEPs being confirmed by EP office Meeting with Mr Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanent Representation, Mr Pat Fenton and Ms Bríd Doherty Monday 16 December 2013
  81. 81. What to do? 2014 Monday 16 December 2013
  82. 82. energy??? Monday 16 December 2013
  83. 83. Climate Monday 16 December 2013
  84. 84. •March against Monsanto May 24th 2014 •The Peopleʼs Charter on Renewable Energy •Landscape planning •Climate Change •LA21 funding for awards •Status of LEAF •Submissions or not •Planning day in January 2014 Monday 16 December 2013

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