The new national adaptation framework for Ireland, launched on the 19th of January 2018, highlights the EU Covenant of Mayors as key movement to further climate adaptation efforts by Irish local authorities.
The Irish national adaptation framework was developed by Ireland's Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment after a broad consultation with adaptation stakeholders. It is Ireland's first climate adaptation strategy and comes at a pivotal time, as the island is increasingly faced with e.g. stronger storms and more intense floods as a result of a changing climate.
The EU Covenant of Mayors initiative is prominently mentioned throughout the new framework. The Covenant is highlighted as a movement that presents "further opportunities to align both adaptation and mitigation, enhance local adaptation strategies and build local awareness and support for such actions". Furthermore, its ability to mobilize a "great number of local and regional authorities to develop action plans and direct investments towards climate action measures" is underlined.
Irish local authorities will now be obliged to develop adaptation strategies, which creates a real opportunity to establish synergies with the adaptation component of Covenant local action plans (SECAPs). The new Irish adaptation framework will also guide the work of regional climate action offices, which will be made up of experienced climate experts and coordinate the response of Irish local authorities to the unavoidable effects of climate change.