NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–2024
The climate in Northern Ireland (NI) is changing. The
NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–2024 was published in September 2019 and sets out Northern Ireland’s adaptation approach and actions for the period 2019 – 2024. The programme outlines their five–year approach to addressing the risks and opportunities identified within the NI Evidence Report. See table below, which outlines the outcome objectives presented in the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–24.
To find out more about NI Legislation addressing climate change see our policy page.
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The following sections showcase existing climate adaptation work in Northern Ireland:
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It is important to acknowledge the contributions that communities, businesses and individuals are carrying out as a vital part of the collaborative climate change resilience effort.
This section outlines the projects that civil society stakeholders in NI have planned as part of their climate change adaptation actions carried out over the lifetime of this programme.
- Academic Sector,
- Community and voluntary organisations, and
- Private Sector
The links below list the academic sector projects and their actions and objectives that contribute to the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–24.
- NC1.1: Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability (MOSES)
- NC1.2: Mitigating Animal Health Impacts of Climatic Variation
- NC1.3: SALine INtrusion in coastal Aquifers: Hydrodynamic Assessment and Prediction of Dynamic Response (SALINA)
- NC1.4 & NC3.1: Towards Quantification of Blanket Bog Ecosystem Services to Water (QUBBES)
- NC2.1: UrbanARK: Assessment, Risk Management, & Knowledge for Coastal Flood Risk Management in Urban Areas
- NC3.2: Weathering Below Blanket Bogs
- IF1.1: Investigate the impact of flooding on the stability of small single and multi–span masonry arch bridges
- P1.1: Impact of 20mph Speed Limits on health (including modelling of climatic changes)
Community & Voluntary
The links below list the Community & Voluntary sector projects and their actions and objectives that contribute to the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–24.
- NC1.5 & NC3.3: Ancient Woodland Restoration and New Woodland Creation
- NC1.6 & NC3.4: Co–operation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB)
- NC1.7 & NC3.5: Collaborative Action for Natura Network (CANN)
- NC1.8 & NC2.2: Living Seas Work including Sea Deep
- NC1.9: NI Marine Task Force (NIMTF)
- NC1.10 & NC2.3: Shifting Shores – Playing our Part on the Coast
- P1.2: Health and Wellbeing Network Information Platform
The links below list the Private sector projects and their actions and objectives that contribute to the NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–24.
- NC2.4 & IF.3: Business Continuity Planning
- IF1.2 & P1.3: Belfast City Airport: Safety and Emergency Planning
- IF1.4: Smart Port Initiative
- B1.1 Business Resilience Toolkit for Dairy Farmers
- I1.1 Improving the Safety and Security of the Food Chain NI
Supporting and collaborating with government
- NC1: Woodland Trust’s Contribution to the Environmental Farming Scheme
- NC2: Professor Derek Jackson, Ulster University’s Contribution to Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring (MarPAMM)
- NC3: Belfast Hills Partnership’s Contribution to Belfast Hills Wildfires Project
Local government plays a central role in shaping local places and providing essential services. The NI Evidence Report 2017 outlines many climate change impacts which are relevant to the responsibilities and services delivered by Local Government. This section introduces:
- Local Council Adaptation Planning
- Strategic Actions
To explore this section in more detail, click here.
Local Government Adapts
This programme aims to increase the profile of climate change adaptation across councils in NI, and to encourage and support each local council to develop a strategic climate change adaptation plan. The adaptation cycle shown below illustrates a step by step process which would increase local council’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
To encourage and support local councils to engage in strategic climate change adaptation planning, the table below outline the following actions are planned.
These strategic actions aim to develop a context within which local councils are able to play a key role in raising public awareness and increasing local resilience to the impacts of climate change.