Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, invites submissions, observations and comments on the Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Water Quality and Water Services Infrastructure.
Climate change is arguably one of the most important and pervasive global threats we face in the 21st century. Its main impacts are projected to relate to increasing temperatures, sea level rise, changing rainfall patterns with wetter winters and drier summers, and more intense storms. Examples of how these changes impact on Ireland have been seen in recent extreme weather events, such as the floods of the winter of 2015/16, Storm Ophelia in 2017 and the prolonged drought conditions of Summer 2018.
Climate Change is widely recognised by scientists and policymakers as posing significant, increasing risks, with exponentially rising costs – to the environment, to society, and to the global economy.
This Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan:
- generates a baseline of current climate and weather-related impacts and consequences for the sector;
- makes an assessment of how these sectoral impacts may change in the period to 2050, based on available climate modelling and analysis; and
- sets out adaptive measures which are being undertaken, clarifying where future adaptation efforts are required.
This Plan will provide strategic direction across the water sectors and will inform the design, resourcing and review of water-related adaptation policies and measures. Its development is a commitment of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021, and it will have a significant influence on Ireland’s third-cycle River Basin Management Plan 2022 – 2027, on which work will commence later this year.
The Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan’s development is guided by the Government’s National Adaptation Framework, which sets the objective of transitioning to a climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050.
Why we are launching this consultation?
It is essential that we thoroughly assess the key risks and vulnerabilities of our water sector and aquatic environment to climate change, and work to ensure that climate adaptation measures are mainstreamed into all national, regional and local policy making. The views of the public are an essential element in ensuring the delivery of a robust and thorough finalised Plan.
Therefore, the objective of this public consultation is to invite all interested parties to contribute their views in relation to the Draft Plan during this 6-week consultation process.
The consultation will close on Friday 12 July 2019.