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Adaptation in Northern Ireland

As required by the UK Climate Change Act 2008, the Northern Ireland government is required to develop a Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme (NICCAP) on a five yearly basis. The NICCAP outlines the approach to addressing the risks and opportunities identified in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report Summary for Northern Ireland.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) takes the lead on climate change issues and works closely with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland and Wales to develop the NICCAP.

Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019–2024 

NICCAP

The Northern Ireland 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. This programme addresses the government’s response to the climate change risk and opportunities as identified in the UK CCRA 2017 Evidence Report Summary for NI. For the first time, the NICCAP also includes an outline of how civil society and local government will contribute to addressing these climate change risks and opportunities.

Climate NI was commissioned by DAERA to work with civil society and local government to develop their response to the risks and opportunities outlined in the UK CCRA 2017 NI Summary. The information collated and presented by Climate NI aims to:

  • Outline the important work planned by civil society and local government to contribute to the delivery of the outcome objectives of NICCAP2; and
  • Raise awareness among civil society and local government of the necessity to undertake organisational vulnerability assessments, planning and actions to manage climate change risks and opportunities.

The Civil Society and Local Government Adapts Chapter developed by Climate NI provides a summary of the adaptation contribution from civil society (academic, voluntary and community, and private sectors) and local government.

Civil Society and Local Government Adapts: NICCAP Supporting Document

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Climate NI has prepared the Civil Society and Local Government Adapts Supporting Document highlighting the adaptation actions being undertaken by civil society and local government. This document provides further detail about each of the climate change adaptation actions and case studies outlined in the above chapter.

Previous NICCAP versions 

The first NICCAP was published in 2014. The programme provided the Government’s response to the risks and opportunities identified in the CCRA NI that was part of the overall UK CCRA published in January 2012.

For further information on how to participate in this programme going forward or the next Climate Change Risk Assessment, please contact info@climatenorthernireland.org.uk