Sectoral Adaptation Planning

The Climate Action Plan sets out actions across every sector of society which will ensure we meet our 2030 climate commitments, putting us on a trajectory to be net zero emissions by 2050. 

Included in the Plan are climate adaptation measures to ensure that the State is ready to protect people from the negative effects of climate change in Ireland and steps to limit any damage caused.

These measures build upon the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), with seven Government Departments leading in the preparation of 12 Sectoral Adaptation Plans:

  • Seafood - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Agriculture - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Forestry - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Biodiversity - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Built and Archaeological Heritage - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Transport infrastructure - Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
  • Electricity and Gas Networks - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Communications networks - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Flood Risk Management - Office of Public Works
  • Water Quality - Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Water Services Infrastructure - Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Health - Department of Health

Each Plan identifies the key risks faced across the sector and the approach being taken to address these risks and build climate resilience for the future. They were developed applying a six step adaptation planning process described in Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation, published by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

The plans include actions that:

  • Mainstream adaptation into key sectoral plans and policies
  • Identify and understand the key vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities facing specific sectors, as well as major risks cross cutting different sectors
  • Ensure climate-proofing of strategic emergency planning
  • Identify and collect information on the costs and benefits of adaptation within specific sectors
  • Build capacity within sectors to cope with climate change
  • Identify and address key research gaps within their sectors
  • Improve co-ordination with the Local Government sector
  • Develop appropriate monitoring and verification systems within sectors

Sectoral Adaptation Plans

Agriculture, Forestry and Seafood - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Biodiversity - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Built and Archaeological Heritage - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Transport infrastructure - Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Electricity and Gas Networks - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Communications Networks - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Flood Risk Management - Office of Public Works

Water Quality and Water Services Infrastructure - Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Health - Department of Health​