NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2024-29 (NICCAP3)

Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2024–2029 (NICCAP3)

On behalf of DAERA, we are asking for a contribution to the next Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme (NICCAP3). We are asking for planned or ongoing projects during the period 2024-2029 which will address the impacts of climate change in Northern Ireland. This is an important opportunity to create a coordinated plan of action for NI which can meet the challenge we face, and we would love to hear from you.

The deadline for returns is Friday 26th April 2024, and details of how to submit can be found in the Submission Form document. Further information on this call for evidence can be found below. Please feel free to reach out at any stage, we’d be happy to help.


What is NICCAP3?

Northern Ireland is already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Shocks and stresses associated with weather are projected to become more intense and frequent over coming years and decades.

The most recent UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) Evidence Report in 2021 set out the priority risks faced for Northern Ireland, and government now must respond with an action plan for the period of 2024-29. This action plan will be the Third NI Climate Change Adaptation Programme (NICCAP3).

DAERA recognises that government cannot meet this challenge alone. It is calling for academia, local government, businesses, NGOs and communities across NI to contribute to the NICCAP3, to deliver as comprehensive a view of climate adaptation action in NI as possible.


What kind of project or action are we interested in?

Adaptation is the process of preparing for the impacts of climate change, such as increasingly intense and frequent floods, heatwaves and storms. It is up to government and society to decide how to address the risks identified for NI, in line with other social, economic and environmental priorities.

Adaptation action can take many forms, and the UK Climate Change Committee has grouped the risks into 13 different systems where action is required (e.g. water supply, buildings, nature, business etc.). Relevant projects should relate to one or more of these systems, be ongoing or planned during the period 2024-29, and reduce vulnerability to climate change in NI by:

  1. Protecting or enhancing an asset, area or group from the impacts of climate change;
  2. Filling an evidence gap to improve understanding or decision-making, or;
  3. Improving governance, policies and procedures to enable either of the first two options.


How do I reply?

We hope to have made this process of returns as straightforward and concise as possible. You can find everything you need in the Submission Form. This should be completed and returned to by Friday 26th April 2024.

Key pieces of information asked for in the form are:

  1. Lead organisation and partners
  2. Contact details
  3. Description of Project/Action: 150-word max
  4. Additional weblinks or images: Images should be sent as an attachment in the email when returning this submission form to Climate NI.
  5. Relevant NICCAP3 System: These are the main chapter headings of NICCAP3 and are listed on tab 2 of the submission form. These are based on the 13 systems of the CCC Adaptation Monitoring Framework.
  6. Relevant Climate Risk addressed by the action: The submission form links to this excel sheet, with climate risks mapped to each NICCAP3 system. Choose the risk(s) most appropriate to your action.
  7. Indicators used to measure the action. Indicators can be about what you input and deliver, as well as any outcomes which stem from your work.
    (Add any of your own indicators first. The submission form also links to this document, with potential indicators listed for each NICCAP3 system. Consider if any of these will be/ could be evidenced by your work).
  8. Case Study Suggestions: Finally, let us know if you have any projects which have successfully completed within the last 5 years that could be highlighted as a case study of best practice adaptation.


How will this information be used?

Submissions will be subject to consideration by DAERA and Climate NI. Preference will be given to submissions for projects and actions which are more strategic and provide greatest impact for society. All submissions will be carefully considered.


To find out more about NI Legislation addressing climate change see our policy page.

If you would like to find out more information please contact us:

Climate Northern Ireland
89 Loopland Drive
+44 (0)28 9046 9634