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Leave No Trace Ireland joins NI Environment Link

Leave No Trace Ireland joins NI Environment Link

Leave No Trace (LNT Ireland) has joined the Northern Ireland Environment Link. They will now collaborate with NIEL’s member organisations on a variety of initiatives and actions in the environment sector.

NIEL is the networking and forum for organisations interested in Northern Ireland’s natural and built environment.

It was officially launched in 1990 as part of the UK network.

Commenting on its new membership of NIEL, Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland said it was an exciting development for LNT that will have a very real benefits in helping to integrate an all-island approach and bridge the gap between north and south organisations to align on their environmental mission.

Kiely stated:

We are thrilled to be members of the Northern Ireland Environment Link. Leave No Trace Ireland spans all our island, and we need to have a coordinated approach to outdoor education across north and south Ireland to protect the environment for future generations.”

In the meantime, NIEL will host an Environmental Hustings ahead of the May Northern Assembly Elections This evening(Thursday 21 April): Northern Ireland political parties will be available to discuss their environmental priorities, and commitments.

Seamus McKee will host the event online via Zoom between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Ireland is Irelands only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors.

Leave No Trace Ireland assists individuals, communities, organizations, and companies to reduce the environmental impact of outdoor activities by providing education, research, partnerships, and other support.

Coillte, Office of Public Works (OPW), and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are just a few of its core partners.


NIEL has many strategic aims. These include:

Environmental policy – contribution to the development, promotion and delivery of environmentally relevant policy.

Collaboration and partnership – supporting and enabling members and others to encourage and deliver environmental outcomes and objectives.

Governance – ensure the efficient, effective and accountable operation of NIEL for the delivery of outcomes of the strategic plan.

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