Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of research papers which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service for the Environment Committee in 2016. The papers are listed in reverse chronological order.

River pollution in Northern Ireland: An overview of causes and monitoring systems, with examples of preventative measures

- Date: 05/02/2016

This paper examines the potential causes of river pollution, pollution monitoring systems in place in Northern Ireland, as well as some examples of preventative measures trialled both here and in other jurisdictions. It has been produced following a request by the Environment Committee to contribute to their preparations for a stakeholder event on River Pollution.


Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries

- Date: 20/01/2016

This paper describes and compares aspects of the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries. In particular, given the changes introduced by the UK Coalition Government (2010-2015) and by the devolved administrations, it compares the extent to which the four planning systems now differ from each other. It also describes further changes for each country that are in the pipeline. This is an update of a previous version of this paper, of the same title, published in June 2013. [Joint Research Paper prepared by members of staff in NIA RaISe, NAW Research Service, HoC Library and SPICe]


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