The Rural Network for Northern Ireland aims to enhance networking amongst farmers, rural dwellers and businesses, researchers, environmentalists and other rural bodies and organisations. It aims to achieve this through:
The main activities of the Network include:
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A mixed Network Support Unit (NSU) has been put in place by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to provide the structure needed for running the Network and its activities. A mixed NSU brings together the knowledge and skills of the Managing Authority (DAERA) with outsourced external expertise. This outsourced element for the NSU was awarded to the Rural Development Council (RDC) on the 23rd March 2016. Together this combination of internal and external delivery makes up the NSU.
The NSU will be responsible for the delivery of the core administrative and technical functions to include:
The NSU is managed by a Network Steering Group, the purpose of which is to engage with the Network, and develop and guide its workplan of activities. The Network Steering Group has representation from DAERA combined with representatives from each of the three objectives of the Rural Development Programme:
The Rural Network for Northern Ireland is one of 4 regional Networks within the UK and collectively these Networks form the UK National Rural Network. A regular exchange of information and co-ordination among each of the regional networks is in place to ensure consistency, create synergies and avoid duplications.
For more information on each of the other UK regions please follow the links:
The Rural Network for Northern Ireland has also established a close working relationship with the Ireland National Rural Network; and will share ideas and information with other member states across Europe through the European Network for Rural Development.