31/10/19

Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plans for Biodiversity and Built and Archaeological Heritage

The Government today published the first progress report on the Climate Action Plan, the government’s plan to secure a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier Ireland for future generations. The government today also published adaptation plans for 12 key sectors, to ensure that we are prepared for the impact climate disruption is already having in a number of areas and deliver on Ireland’s commitments to help protect the planet.

Ireland’s heritage is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  Our heritage lies at the very heart of our nation’s identity. Climate change is predicted to accelerate biodiversity loss; and our monuments and historic buildings, while standing for centuries, are not immune from the impacts.

Rising temperatures, more frequent extreme events and sea level rise place habitats, species, monuments, historic buildings and cultural landscapes at risk. These Plans set out the actions needed to protect heritage from the impacts of climate change.

As part of the efforts to address the climate crisis under the Climate Action Plan, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has prepared two Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plans to address the impacts of climate change on Ireland’s heritage:

  • Biodiversity
  • Built & Archaeological Heritage

The Department’s Adaptation Plans have been written according to the Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation produced by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.

The Plans have been informed by existing research, and climate-change projections for Ireland. In order to add robustness and to ensure relevance in an Irish context, the two plans have incorporated consultation with experts, stakeholders and the public.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Josepha Madigan, TD, said:

‘The publication of these two Adaptation Plans is a critical step by my department in leading what must be a joined-up team effort to address the impacts of climate change on our biodiversity and our historic built environment.

All of these actions will require collaborative support across government and society. Every one of us is affected by biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change on our heritage, built and natural, and every one of us must be part of the solution.’

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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