Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2012
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Resilience / Adaptation
Agency:Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

The National Climate Change Adaptation Framework provides a strategic policy focus to ensure adaptation measures are taken across different sectors and levels of government to reduce Ireland's vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change. Similar to the approach being taken at EU level in the White Paper on Adaptation, it is intended to follow a two-phased approach to adaptation in Ireland.

The first phase, which is already well underway, is focused on identifying national vulnerability to climate change, based on potential impacts relative to current adaptive capacity. Reliable information on the range of socio-economic vulnerabilities, the costs and benefits, and the options available and appropriate to Ireland, are key elements to inform effective adaptation planning. Much work has already been done in recent years, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others, to provide the evidence base necessary to inform development of the national agenda. Sufficient high quality data and information already exists to begin the adaptation planning process now. 

The second phase involves the development and implementation of sectoral and local adaptation action plans which will form part of the comprehensive national response to the impacts of climate change. Sectoral plans will be prepared by the relevant Department or Agency and will be adopted by the relevant Minister. Draft sectoral plans will be published by mid-2014 and, following approval should be reviewed at least every 5 years. 

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