CONSERVATION charity RSPB NI has welcomed the draft deal ‘New Decade, New Approach’, citing it as an opportunity to tackle the climate crisis.
Director Joanne Sherwood, pictured left, said: “This is an opportunity for local ministers and MLAs to start to tackle the nature and climate crisis and to ensure that we can start to address the environmental risks of leaving the European Union.
“The deal contains a number of proposals that the RSPB and the wider environmental sector have long been calling for.
“The commitments to intro-duce legislation to reduce carbon emissions and establish an Independent Environmental Protection Agency are to be welcomed.
“However, these proposals must be followed up with strong and robust legislation and funding.
“A new Executive should move quickly to bring forward a Climate Change Act, given the urgency of the nature and climate crisis that we now face.
“One omission, however, is the inclusion of the developing Environment Strategy which would tie environmental com-mitments together.
“We would expect that to be an underpinning piece of strategy within the developing Programme for Government.”