National Adaptive Capacity Assessment: Ireland adapts to climate change
Presentation from the workshop 'Informing and Enabling a Climate Resilient Ireland”' - held 23 March 2012. This event launched 2 EPA Climate Change Research Programme reports:
CCRP9 'Ireland adapts to Climate Change' and CCRP10 'Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Sectoral Policies in Ireland'
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Adaptive Capacity Assessment: Ireland adapts to climate change
National Adaptive Capacity Assessment Ireland Adapts to Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Information Event March 23rd, 2013 Clarion Hotel, IFSC Dublin
Context of Assessment Work fills a knowledge gap in adaptation research Conducted in the context of an emerging methodology, which Ireland helped pilot Sets out national institutional capacity to adapt to climate change Identifies key policies where climate change adaptation can be integrated Will help support the development of national climate change adaptation policy
Approach Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in consultation with practioners / researchers National-level assessment process Identifies the fundamental actions that all countries need to perform to adapt effectively to climate change over time Framework assesses how well actions are performed in order to identify priorities for building adaptive activity and implementing adaptation actions.
Objectives for Ireland Focus of study national level institutions Identify strengths and weaknesses in capacity to adapt and identify key areas where action is needed Use the outputs of the assessment to inform emerging national policy on adaptation to climate change Determine a baseline from which to measure and review progress over time. Pilot the framework and share lessons learned with WRI and other pilot countries
Key actions assessed Have impact, vulnerability 1. Assessment assessments been done? Have national adaptation 2. Prioritisation priorities been set? Does national level 3. Coordination coordination exist? Is appropriate info and analysis 4. Information available? 5. Climate Risk Do climate risk reduction methods, guidelines, Assessment approaches exist?
Process Literature review, 3 workshops and interviews Context review – overview of the policy context in which adaptation takes place Capacity assessment based on worksheets for each of the key actions Results / outputs evaluation of capacities and recommendations
Final output: 2 summary reports
Key Findings Ireland in a good position to start planning for adaptation Good quality data & information on climate change impacts exists Adaptation priorities have not yet been identified. Assessments of vulnerability and climate risk will help to identify priorities Stronger coordination of adaptation activities is needed across all sectors and levels of governance Some systems for data gathering and analysis are in place but others need to be developed and all need to be strengthened. There is increasing awareness of the need to assess and address climate risks
Recommendations A national approach to climate change vulnerability and risk assessment should be developed National priorities may change over time-this must be accounted for A national level coordination body for climate change adaptation should be mandated and established Data and information systems Must be sustained and developed Disseminate information to decision makers and the public Advance climate risk reduction via policy tools e.g. EIA,SEA, insurance mechanisms and early warning systems
Conclusions Applying the adaptive capacity assessment process was challenging but very useful It acted as a communication and information mechanism The outputs show that Ireland is well positioned to move forward on actions to adapt to climate change A good level of information and analysis is in place Governance systems and structures are in place Further steps are needed as outlined in the recommendations The approach to adaptation needs to be targeted, enabling and responsive National coordination and management structures are required
WRI PublicationResults of thisadaptive capacityassessment will alsobe included inforthcoming WRIpublication
Thank You Research summary reports are available to download from www.epa.ie Details of WRI approach can be found at: http://www.wri.org/project/vulnerability-and-adaptation/nac- framework