Amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

Closed 5 Apr 2017

Opened 8 Mar 2017


The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive has been amended by EU Directive 2014/52/EU (the 2014 Directive) and those amendments need to be incorporated into national legislation no later than 16 May 2017.

We are inviting comments on the enclosed consultation which sets out proposals for implementing the 2014 Directive on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private forestry projects on the environment.

Overall, our intention is to minimise any additional regulatory burden whilst ensuring our environment remains well-protected. In many cases, the 2014 Directive requires Members States to take particular action. Where this is the case, we have set out the changes to be made in our consultation document but are not seeking views on their implementation.


Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to invite views on the proposed changes to the EIA (Forestry) Regulations in those areas where the 2014 Directive allows Members States flexibility in deciding how to make the required changes.

We welcome your views on our proposals and seek responses to the three questions we have asked.


  • All stakeholders


  • Farming
  • Agriculture
  • Environment