Protecting our Environment is Responsibility of all says Committee

Session: 2009/2010

Date: 26 October 2009

Reference: ENV 1/09/10

Protecting Northern Ireland’s unique local habitat must be a top priority for government. That’s the message from the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for the Environment as they visited scenic Derrygonnelly in Fermanagh today to get a closer look at the work of the Field Studies Centre.

The Committee held their weekly meeting in the centre as well as taking a closer look at the centre’s work learning about habitat designation and protecting the environment.

Committee chairperson, Dolores Kelly said: “The Field Studies Centre provides a great backdrop for our Committee agenda today. We heard evidence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on their plans for enforcing environmental protection and the Centre demonstrates clear examples of the benefits of a robust environmental plan.

“ Northern Ireland has some of the most beautiful unspoilt scenery in the world and the Committee take their responsibility in doing everything they can to ensure this is preserved. It is heartening to see students who are charged with protecting our local habitat.”

The Committee heard presentations from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency on their ongoing work. They also saw the Field Studies Centre in action while they train students in environmental projects using the modern technologies offered there.

ENDS

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