Observations show that Ireland’s climate is changing in terms of sea level rise, increases in average temperature, changes in precipitation patterns and weather extremes. The observed scale and rate of change is consistent with regional and global trends and these changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades. Regardless of how successful efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions prove to be, the impact of climate change will continue over the coming decades because of the delayed impacts of past and current emissions. There is no choice, therefore, but to take adaptation measures to prepare for the unavoidable consequences of climate change and associated economic, environmental and social costs.

Purpose of this consultation

Development of Ireland’s first statutory National Adaptation Framework (NAF) represents a hugely important step in enabling our transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. The National Adaptation Framework will specify the national strategy for the application of adaptation measures in different sectors and by local authorities in order to reduce the vulnerability of the State to the negative effects of climate change and to avail of any positive effects that may occur. The NAF and its successors will therefore set out the context to ensure local authorities, regions and key sectors can set about assessing the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change, agreeing climate resilience actions and ensuring climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all local, regional and national policy making in a coordinated way.

The NAF will not identify specific locations or propose adaptation measures or projects in relation to sectors. Detailed adaptation measures will instead be developed across sectors and local government, in accordance with the NAF. The process of developing sectoral adaptation plans will be formally initiated following approval of the NAF by Government.

Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment must submit a National Adaptation Framework to Government no later than 10 December 2017.

The Department now invites submissions in relation to a consultation draft National Adaptation Framework. This public consultation will help inform its further development before a final Framework is submitted to Government. The draft Framework also highlights several key questions to consider in terms of how best Ireland should position itself in taking this first step in moving towards a climate resilient Ireland by 2050. Respondents may choose to answer any or all of the questions or provide details of any additional issues or concerns they feel should be considered.

How to make a submission

Stakeholders, interested parties and the general public are invited to make submissions on the draft National Adaptation Framework by Friday 27 October 2017.

Written submissions should be sent by email to NationalAdaptationFramework@DCCAE.GOV.IE or by post to:

Consultation on National Adaptation Framework

Climate Adaptation Unit

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

29-31 Adelaide Road

Dublin 2

D02 X285

Please be aware that all submissions received by the Department may be published on its website.  In addition, please note that the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts and therefore has to consider any request made to it in that context.

Download Draft National Adaptation Framework-September 2017

Source: DCCAE