Lead Administration

The UK Government Chair the Environment work sector.


Pollution, climate change, invasive species and other environmental hazards and threats do not respect borders making intergovernmental co-operation vital to protect and improve the environment across these islands.

The Environment work sector was established at the first British-Irish Council Summit in 1999.

Current Focus

Ministers agreed that the sixteenth Ministerial meeting will be hosted in 2020 and that the future work topic of the BIC Environment group would be marine environment.  Ministers also agreed at the Guernsey Summit to hold an event in early 2019 to ensure meaningful and swift action is taken to tackle marine litter in the water around these islands and signal the upmost importance of this issue.

Recent Meetings

The Environment work sector held a seminar in Jersey as part of the work sector’s Invasive Non-Native Species Work Sector sub group.   The seminar was attended by all 8 member Administrations and concentrated on the infestation of Asian Hornets on the island. Links relating to this seminar can be found below:-

The press release for the BIC meeting went out on the 10 September and can be found here.

Subsequent media coverage included the following:

BBC Jersey

ITV Channel report

Bailiwick Express  

Ministerial Meetings

On 23 March 2018, the British-Irish Council Environment work sector held its fifteenth Ministerial meeting, hosted by the Government of Ireland at Farmleigh House, Dublin. Ministers were welcomed by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten TD, on behalf of the Irish Government.

The meeting  focused on how the administrations can work together on climate adaptation, address Invasive Non-native Species (INNS) and approach the issues of food waste and recycling. The climate adaptation paper can be viewed here. It was agreed at this meeting that the future work topic of the BIC Environment group would be collectively addressing the marine environment.

The full communique can be viewed here.

Communiqués from Previous Ministerial Meetings

15th Ministerial Meeting- 23 March 2018

14th Ministerial Meeting - 4 November 2016

13th Ministerial Meeting - 15 October 2014

12th Ministerial Meeting - 7 September 2012

11th Ministerial Meeting - 25 February 2011

10th Ministerial Meeting - 15 July 2010

9th Ministerial Meeting - 17 April 2009

8th Ministerial Meeting - 1 February 2008

7th Ministerial Meeting - 26 July 2006

6th Ministerial Meeting - 7 April 2005