Co-designing European Adaptation Plans at a Local and Regional Level

09:00 Thursday 30 May


Room S11


Stephen Flood (Ireland) 1; Cathy Burns (United Kingdom) 4; Barry O’dwyer (Ireland) 1; Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson (Sweden) 2; Jennie Sandström (Sweden) 2; Jane Mccullough (United Kingdom) 3; Stephen Jones (United Kingdom) 3

1 - Impacts and Adaptation Group, MaREI Centre - ERI, University College Cork; 2 - Department of Natural Sciences (NAT), Mid Sweden University, Sweden; 3 - Climate Northern Ireland; 4 - Derry City & Strabane District Council.

This paper presents on the outputs of EU funded project Collaborative Learning Initiative Managing And Adapting to the Environment (CLIMATE)*. The project brings various stakeholders together across four different European regions; Northern Ireland, Sweden, Rep. of Ireland and the Faroe Islands, in addition to Associate Partners from Finland, Scotland, Norway and Iceland. The presentation documents the process of developing climate adaptation plans, for local and regional levels, with a focus on drawing on best practice approaches from science and policy. The process is informed by a review of seven climate change adaptation models drawn from Europe, Australasia, and the U.S. Adaptation supports and plans are produced at the local scale through a process of co-production and tailoring that then enables application at the regional level.

Creating a climate change adaptation plan is an iterative process framed by the aims and objectives of those creating it, with plans developed over time and bound by constraints. Constraints can be associated with resources, data availability, the policy and legislative environment, time available, and expertise. Adaptation plans can be tailored to fit to the unique present constraints by taking a tiered approach to assessment. Through carrying out an initial situation analysis, examining the resources (human resources, funding, data, political will or capital) available this paper documents the development of adaptation plans for Derry City and Strabane District Council in Northern Ireland, Härnösand Municipality in Sweden, and the Faroe Islands. The presentation will present on lessons learned throughout the project, including successes and challenges to plan development and implementation. The paper is focused at the interface between science, policy and practice. As such, it is targeted towards research scientists and practitioners with an interest in climate change adaptation planning.

*CLIMATE is funded by the European Union under its Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020