Sectoral adaptation planning

Under the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), Government Departments have to prepare Sectoral Adaptation Plans. Twelve sectors under 7 Government Departments will prepare plans. The deadline for submitting plans to Government is 30 September 2019. The sectors are;

  • 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

Under the non-statutory 2012 Framework, four Government Departments prepared draft sectoral plans covering 5 sectors These plans are; 

  • Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management (OPW, 2015).
  • Adaptation Planning - Developing Resilience to Climate Change in the Irish Agriculture and Forest Sector (DAFM, 2017)
  • Adaptation Planning - Developing Resilience to Climate Change in the Irish Transport Sector (DTTAS, 2017).
  • Adaptation Plan for the Electricity and Gas Networks Sector (DCCAE, 2017).

Government Departments must develop statutory sectoral adaptation plans in accordance with the NAF and with a six step adaptation planning process described in Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation. This Department published the guidelines for the use of the sectors required to prepare statutory sectoral adaptation plans under the Framework.The guidelines aim to ensure that a coherent and consistent approach to adaptation planning will be adopted by the key sectors in Ireland

Actions in completed plans could include actions that:

  • Mainstream (integrate) adaptation into key sectoral plans and policies.
  • Identify and understand the key vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities facing their sectors. This should include major cross cutting risks.
  • Ensure that plans related to emergencies assigned to a sectoral department as lead Government department under the Strategic Emergency Planning Guidelines are climate proofed.
  • Identify and collect information on the costs and benefits of adaptation within their sectors.
  • Build capacity within their 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 their sectors.