Climate Change

Clareabbey Abbey, Co. Clare, Ireland. CL033-120001- Class: Religious house – Augustinian canons Townland: CLAREABBEYDuring Flooding Feb 1995

Climate Change Adaptation- Publication of Sectoral Plans

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 landscapes at risk. The two 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.

The Adaptation Plans for Biodiversity and for the Built & Archaeological Heritage have been written according to the Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation produced by the Department 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.

For more detail on the Change Sectoral Adaptation Plans click link below

Built and Archaeological Heritage


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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