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Building Bridges: Exploring transboundary environmental justice in Ireland

Derry / Londonderry / Doire 29.11.19

In November 2019 the first EJNI workshop ‘Building Bridges: Exploring transboundary environmental justice in Ireland’ took place in Derry/Londonderry/Doire. The workshop was hosted in the Playhouse Theatre and was attended by participants from across the island of Ireland who contributed to a wide-ranging and inspiring group discussion. We also welcomed speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds:

  • Anurag Deb (KRW Law) discussed ESPOO, human rights and the frameworks for environmental justice in Ireland. Anurag’s full paper is available here.
  • Trish Murphy from Coastwatch gave a presentation on Biodiversity, Brexit and the Border with a focus on Lough Foyle.
  • Vincent Lusby highlighted some of the critical issues associated with cross-border ammonia pollution in his presentation ‘Clearing the Air on the Trans-frontier Ammonia Carousel’.
  • Dr Alison Hough highlighted the potential of the Good Friday Agreement to enhance post-Brexit Environmental Governance on the island of Ireland, her presentation is available here.
  • The Loughs Agency as a mode for transboundary environmental governance was focused on in a presentation by its Director, John McCartney.
  • Fidelma O’Kane from Save our Sperrins discussed the need for cross-border cooperation in relation to international mining, her presentation is available here.
  • All-Ireland possibilities for climate litigation were explored by Dr Andrew Jackson.
  • Dr Michael Brennan discussed his experiences of transdisciplinary research in the SAFEWATER Project and how this approach can help enhance collaboration between diverse groups of stakeholders.

The full film of the workshop can be viewed below. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation of the workshop.

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