Local authorities will play a key role in helping the
country to adjust to the effects of climate change. The
local government sector plays a pivotal role in planning for, and responding
to, emergency situations. Given their close relationship with the community,
local authorities can react faster and more effectively to local climate events
than other government agencies, This has been demonstrated in their response to
extreme weather events in Ireland over recent years. They have essential local
knowledge of the natural and manmade environment and have a critical role to
play in managing climate risks and vulnerabilities and identifying adaptation
actions. They also deliver key services to the public either directly or on in
partnership with other Government Departments such as housing, planning,
sanitation and maintenance of local roads, parks and waterways.
National Adaptation Framework identifies the role to be played by local
authorities in addressing climate change adaptation. This will
effectively build on their existing expertise and experience as first
responders in emergency scenarios such as Storms Ophelia and Eleanor.
National Adaptation Framework will support local and regional adaptation action
and the development of local authority climate change adaptation strategies.
The work undertaken to develop a local adaptation strategy should inform
development plans and other statutory plans of the local authority. The
National Adaptation Framework sets out the context for local adaptation
strategies and also explore how local authorities might adopt a joint or
regional approach to adaptation planning.
approach, based on an analysis by the local government sector, harnesses the
potential to group certain local authorities based on similar
geographical/topographical characteristics and on the basis of existing
synergies in addressing threats and impacts of severe weather events and
ongoing climate change risks. Therefore it is based on climate risk assessment
with a focus on the predominant risks in each geographical area.
the National Adaptation Framework on 19 January 2018 Minister Denis Naughten T.D. also announced funding of €10m
over a five year period to establish 4 Local Authority Regional Climate Action
Offices to support the implementation of national climate policy. The
establishment of the regional offices represents a key action under both the
National Mitigation Plan and the National Adaptation Framework.