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Announcing: Big peat meet-up for Autumn 2021


Dear members,

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with a collective of peatlands experts to bring you an exciting new event for autumn 2021 - Peatlands Gathering, an open forum to promote dialogue about the importance of peatland areas for nature, culture and heritage. Save the dates - October 7-8, 2021 (taking place online, with the hope of field trips to some of Ireland's peatland hotspots at the weekend). More information below.

In an eventful month, Natural Capital Ireland made a detailed submission the National Climate Action Plan call for expert evidence, the key points of which are available on our latest blog, and held a very productive Data4Nature workshop - full report coming soon. 
We officially welcomed Iseult Sheehy as Natural Capital Ireland's Executive Coordinator, who presented on the Irish natural capital framework at the recent INTERREG Europe Progress event. Iseult can be reached for queries at the following email address - coordinator@naturalcapitalireland.com

As ever, if you have any input for our newsletter, website or social media updates, you can also get in touch at our general email address below.

  info@naturalcapitalireland.com

NCI NEWS 

Natural Capital Ireland has joined forces with a collective of peatland community representatives, practitioners, researchers and specialists to bring you a new event - Peatlands Gathering 2021. It will consist of a two-day online forum on October 7-8 with presentations and dialogue, hopefully with the option to get out to enjoy the beauty of the bogs over a series of field trips on Saturday, October 9. Follow the Twitter account @PeatlandsG for news of speaker line-up, and watch this space for registration.
NEW BLOG: NCI'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN - OUR EXPERT EVIDENCE
Natural Capital Ireland made submissions across several key areas of the recent Climate Action Plan 2021 Call for Expert Evidence, which called for views grounded in a comprehensive cross-sectoral perspective on the changes required to meet Ireland’s 2030 and 2050 climate ambition – read some of the key points from our submission on categories including Enterprise, Agriculture, Forestry & Tourism here.
NCI welcomes our new executive coordinator
Following two years as an active member of Natural Capital Ireland, Iseult Sheehy was appointed to the role of Executive Coordinator in May 2021, taking the reigns from Orlaith Delargy. Iseult currently works with the sustainability team at Trinity College Dublin, and holds a Masters in Sustainable Development and a BA in Economics and Political Science. A big welcome to Iseult. You can find out more about NCI staff on our site.

INCASE NEWS

NEW: Key points from our new paper, Applying System of Environmental Economic Accounting-Ecosystem Accounting framework at catchment scale
This major output from our INCASE project team focuses on ecosystem stocks in our Irish catchment in Co Wicklow, the Dargle, looking at their extent and condition and key findings in relation to data. Dr Catherine Farrell has laid out eight important points in her 'Taking stock' blog and you can also access the full OneEcosystem article free here. INCASE - Ireland's Natural Capital for Sustainable Environments - team will be presenting at events this summer: Dr Farrell, Dr Daniel Norton and data analyst Lisa Coleman will showcase their work across a number of sessions at the Ecosystem Services Partnership Europe Regional conference on 7-10 June 2021. Book your place here. Meanwhile Dr Farrell is also organising a special session on natural capital accounting at SER2021 happening 21-24 June 2021. Register here.

 EVENTS

EU Green Week 2021
Dates: 31 May-4 June
Host: EU, various events

Free Webinar - ARIES for SEEA Explorer:
The first AI tool for rapid natural capital accounting

Date: May 31st
Host: 
Bc3

Responsible Business Summit
Dates: June 1-3rd
Host
Reuters Events

RIA Symposium - Better together: knowledge co-production for a sustainable society
Date: June 3
Host:
 Royal Irish Academy

Standardising Biodiversity Measurement
Dates: June 3-10
Host: 
Align

World Environment Day
Date: June 6
Host: Pakistan, 
UNEP

ESP Europe Conference (ft INCASE team)
Dates: June 7-10
Location: Tartu, Estonia/Virtual
Host: 
Ecosystem Services Partnership

Ethical Finance Summit
Dates: June 8-10
Host: 
Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Public Consultation on the Proposed Publication of the Circular Economy Strategy
Deadline: June 11th
Host: 
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications 

Low-Carbon Pledge Report Launch
Date: June 10th
Host: 
BITCI

Consultation on Environmental Assessment of the Draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030
Deadline: June 15th
Host: 
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 

Sustainability Conference
Date: June 16th
Host:
 Chartered Accountants Ireland

Consultation on Draft Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan
Deadline: June 16th
Host
: Dublin City Council

SER2021 Society for Ecological Restoration World Conference (ft INCASE team)
Date: June 21-24
Host: 
SER.org

EPA Climate Change Conference
Date: June 23-24
Host: EPA
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Natural capital for people and place - Natural England's Natural Capital Evidence Handbook webinar
Date: June 24th
Host: 
Natural England, Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Public consultation on the mid-term review of the National Peatlands Strategy
Deadline: June 30th
Host: 
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage 

Consultation on expert advisory group report “Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network
Deadline: July 30​​​​​​

Peatlands Gathering
Date: Oct 7-8th
Host: Natural Capital Ireland

RESEARCH CALL

EPA RESEARCH CALL 2021:  The 2021 EPA Research Call is now open with €10.5million available for new research projects to help identify solutions to climate change and other environmental problems. The funding will be provided under the four EPA Research 2030 interconnected research hubs: Addressing climate change evidence needs; Facilitating a green and circular economy; Delivering a healthy environment; Protecting and restoring our natural environment. More info here.

PUBLICATIONS

Water Forum presentations on peat available to view on their site  

Webinar presentations are now available on Managing Peatlands to optimise returns for water quality, biodiversity and climate mitigation. Access the webinar here.
Disclosing Impacts on Natural, Social & Human Capital: This Capitals Coalition paper aims to explore the interface between financial and non-financial reporting in this context of understanding performance and stewardship using a business’s impacts on the capitals and the management of those impacts. Access it here.

Groups campaign for Data 4 Better Climate Actions to drive policy

Led by a group of global climate initiatives, this campaign calls attention to the value of climate transparency to not only fulfill reporting requirements but to also drive good policy at the national level by advancing sustainable development priorities. More information here.
Third Handbook of Good Practices featuring NCI: A reminder that NCI is featured in the Third Handbook of Good Practices by the Interreg Europe PROGRESS project (PROmoting the Governance of Regional Ecosystem ServiceS). Access it here.
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