Policy Forum for Ireland

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Next steps for climate change adaptation and resilience in Ireland

Morning, Wednesday, 26th June 2024

Online


This conference will assess next steps for climate change adaptation and resilience in Ireland.


It will be a timely opportunity to discuss key issues with implementation of a new National Adaptation Framework (NAF), published by DECC this month, which requires government departments, infrastructure providers and local authorities to prepare a new cycle of Adaptation Plans for key sectors including agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, transport, flood risk management and tourism.


Sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on concerns raised, looking at challenges in Ireland’s approach to adaptation, including:

  • sectoral priorities: identifying clear plans across sectors, and allocating support and resources effectively to implement adaptation measures
  • financial support: long-term policy signals to enable substantial investment in sustainability and resilience, and key financial support mechanisms for industries already at risk climate change effects
  • local-level strategies: next steps for driving community involvement and moving towards a whole-of-society approach with clear, achievable goals
  • monitoring: integrating robust mechanisms for monitoring progress and evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation

There will be discussion on what is needed to ensure that developing Ireland’s climate resilience and a just transition are both embedded in policy and planning processes, as emphasised in Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment (ICCA) commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, published in January.


Delegates will also consider opportunities presented by the NAF in the delivery of new high quality jobs and the potential growth of new green sectors, as well as what is needed to enable and encourage cross-sectoral collaboration, including best practice for sharing knowledge and information, and priorities for strengthening institutional capacity.


Further sessions will examine issues for Ireland within the wider European approach to climate adaptation and resilience, with the European Environment Agency’s recent Climate Risk Assessment finding that Europe is not prepared for rapidly growing climate risks.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary, Environment, Climate, Air Quality, EU and International Policy, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications; Blaz Kurnik, Head of CET2, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Group, European Environment Agency; Dr Stephen Flood, Resilience Team Lead, Irish Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat; and Professor Conor Murphy, Professor, Department of Geography, Maynooth University; and Author, ICCA Volume Three: Being Prepared for Ireland’s Future Climate.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Ireland’s current ability to adapt: considering findings from ICCA - adaptation planning - risk management - assessing adaptation fitness - communicating benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy
  • immediate priorities: developing Ireland’s climate resilience - implementing local adaptation plans - flood risk management and responses to extreme weather events - key financial support mechanisms
  • key sectors: developing adaptation plans across agriculture, health, urban dwellings, tourism and sport, and financial services - assessing opportunities for high quality jobs and growth of new green sectors
  • just resilience and adaptation: ensuring equity and fairness in adaptation approaches - protecting flood-risk areas and coastal communities - consulting with vulnerable groups - guidance for policymakers
  • data and evaluation: fostering and funding a whole-of-society approach to sharing knowledge and information - addressing gaps in data - ensuring effective evaluation of approaches to learn from best practice
  • Biodiversity Net Gain: assessing long-term goals for nature restoration - utilising natural resources for carbon capture and flood defence - transitioning to restoration and heritage practices
  • policy: priorities for a new NAF - clarity on long-term policy signals - meeting emissions ceilings - staying within carbon budgets - scaling up and resourcing systematic approaches to climate adaptation - assessing the EU’s approach and findings of Europe’s climate risk assessment - lessons learned from Ireland’s first adaptation plans

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DAFM; DoT; DPENDR; Met Éireann; DHLGH; NPWS; FCDO; Isle of Man Government; DAERA, NI; DfC, NI; DfE, NI; DESNZ; DfT; MMO; DLUHC; Ofwat; and Homes England.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Conor Murphy

Professor, Department of Geography, Maynooth University; and Author, ICCA Volume three: Being prepared for Ireland's future climate

Blaz Kurnik

Head of CET2, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Group, European Environment Agency

Dr Stephen Flood

Scientific Officer, Resilience Team Lead, Irish Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat

Keynote Speakers

Blaz Kurnik

Head of CET2, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Group, European Environment Agency

Dr Stephen Flood

Scientific Officer, Resilience Team Lead, Irish Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat

Professor Conor Murphy

Professor, Department of Geography, Maynooth University; and Author, ICCA Volume three: Being prepared for Ireland's future climate

Brian Carroll

Assistant Secretary, Environment, Climate, Air Quality, EU and International Policy, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Chair

Senator Mary Seery Kearney

Member, Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Speakers

Mark Christal

Divisional Manager, Food and Sustainability, Enterprise Ireland

Oliver Kinnane

Lead Academic, Building in a Climate Emergency Research Group, University College Dublin

Dr Sabrina Dekker

Climate Action Coordinator, Dublin City Council

Dr Barry O’Dwyer

Director, KPMG Sustainable Futures

Matt Kennedy

Sustainable Development Leader for Europe and Global Leader for Climate Strategy, Arup

Dr Grace Cott

Principal Investigator, Blue Carbon Group, University College Dublin

Clíona Kimber SC

Member, Inner Bar; and Chair, Comhshaol, the Climate Bar Association