The Environment Work Sector was established in 2009 in order to share expertise and learning across the eight BIC administrations and to make decisions on common policies and approaches on spatial planning issues.
The Environment Work Sector is led by the UK Government.
The Environment work sector met for a visit and meeting in Belfast in December 2019, and held teleconference meetings on 25 March 2020 and 23 April 2020. The work sector sub groups of Marine Litter, Marine Environment and Climate Adaptation have also held a number of teleconference meetings over the course of 2020 and signed off the terms of reference for each sub group. This included holding an Invasive Non-Native Species Seminar in Cardiff in January 2020 which included key officials and stakeholders and involved workshops and presentations.
The work sector had been planning for a Climate Adaptation Symposium to take place in Dublin in April 2020, that would have supported its current work plan up until the Environment Ministerial meeting which was due to be held in Jersey in May 2020. However due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Climate Adaptation Symposium and the BIC Environment work sector Ministerial meeting which the group had been working towards have both had to be postponed from their original date but the symposium will take place virtually in October 2020, to be later followed by the Ministerial meeting.
Please see below some of the initiatives that the work sector have visited as part of their work programme across the eight Member Administrations of the British Irish Council.
The BIC Environment work sector officials visited the Connswater Community Greenway in Belfast in December 2019.
This map shows regeneration area of the Connswater Community Greenway in Belfast.