Northern Ireland Environment Minister Arlene Foster has unveiled
the results of extensive research into the natural environment
- including the discovery of 29 new marine species off Rathlin
Over 250 delegates from across the environmental community
gathered at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast to hear about the
latest research on Northern Ireland's natural environment.
The conference - organised by Environment and Heritage Service
- showcased research carried out by staff, partner organisations
and contractors and spanned a wide variety of topics - from
particular habitats and species, to the broad issues which
threaten our environment, such as climate change.
The Minister said - "Research is vital to enable us
all to make informed or evidence-based decisions. Not only
is this research important for decision makers, but it is
also revealing lots of fascinating information about our natural
environment - such as the fact that 29 new species of sponges
have been discovered off the coast of Rathlin Island. Until
a few years ago, nobody knew these species existed. It just
goes to show how much there is still to discover about our
wonderful natural environment."
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