Public Consultation on the Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management

19 July 19

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, invites submissions, observations and comments on the Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management

It is likely that climate change will have significant impacts on flooding and flood risk in Ireland due to rising sea levels, increased rainfall in winter, more heavy rain days and more intense storms.  Ireland is well advanced in its preparations to tackle flood risk now and into the future for the potential impacts of climate change. In May last year, the OPW completed the most extensive and comprehensive study on flood risk and through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme has identified the flooding risk to 300 communities.  The measures contained in the Flood Risk Management Plans that have been developed took due account of the impact that climate change would have on future flood risk.  In this way, the assessment of potentially viable measures took into account how adaptable a proposed measure might be to cope with the potential impacts of climate change.

The Flood Risk Management Plans identify 118 flood relief schemes in addition to the 35 flood relief projects that are already in design and development under the existing capital programme that are now to be carried out over the next decade, which will address the flood risk to a total of 23,500 properties underpinned by a €1billion funding investment.  Climate change adaptation for future projections of climate change impacts will be a critical aspect of the design and construction of these schemes.

This draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management has been prepared for public consultation. The Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management considers the impacts of climate change on flooding and flood risk, as well as on flood risk management.  It sets out a flood risk management goal, objectives and 21 adaptation actions needed to ensure effective and sustainable management of flood risk into the future. 

  • Objective 1:  Enhancing our knowledge and understanding of the potential impacts of climate change for flooding and flood risk management through research and assessment.
  • Objective 2: Adapting flood risk management practice to effectively manage the potential impact of climate change on future flood risk.
  • Objective 3: Aligning adaptation to the impact of climate change on flood risk and flood risk management across sectors and wider Government policy.

Public and stakeholder engagement is a critical component in the development of sustainable long-term strategies for adapting flood risk management for climate change.  The OPW welcomes all submissions, observations and comments on the draft Plan, which will help inform the planned actions we take to adapt our flood risk policies to minimise the potential impact of climate change.

Climate Change Sectoral Adaption Plan for Flood Risk Management (PDF)

Provide your comments by email (floodinfo@opw.ie) – Download Consultation Guidance Notes to assist in framing comments/observations/submissions.

Provide your comments by post (The Office of Public Works, Public Consultation, Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management, Head Office, Jonathan Swift Street, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 NX36) – Download Consultation Guidance Notes to assist in framing comments/observations/submissions.

Please note that the consultation period will close on:

Friday 16th August, 2019.