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    Literature review on enhancing integration of disaster risk and climate change adaptation in Irish emergency planning
    (Environmental Protection Agency, 2020-07) Greene, Shannon; Medway, Peter; Cubie, Dug; Le Tissier, Martin; Environmental Protection Agency
    The scope of the present literature review is under the remit of a wider project entitled Enhancing Integration of Disaster Risk and Climate Change Adaptation into Irish Emergency Planning which is funded under the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Topic 3 funding call. The project, which began in March 2020, is due to run until March 2021. The objective of the project is to help institutions responsible to further 'climate-proof' emergency planning and risk management systems in Ireland to the increasing risk of extreme hydrometeorological events, by addressing national policy and decision-making processes, as well as local and regional planning and response mechanisms.
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    Enhancing integration of disaster risk and climate change adaptation into Irish emergency planning
    (Environmental Protection Agency, 2022-08) Medway, Peter; Cubie, Dug; Le Tissier, Martin; Environmental Protection Agency
    The need to enhance the integration of knowledge, policies and practices between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction/management to ensure that the actions of one do not conflict with the other is recognised at Irish, EU and international levels. This research aimed to identify ways to enhance such integration in practice.
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    Ecosystem benefits of floating offshore wind
    (MaREI, University College Cork, 2022) Haberlin, Damien; Cohuo, Alfonso; Doyle, Thomas K.
    The offshore renewable energy (ORE) sector is at a crucial moment with multiple governments enacting policies and legislation that will decisively accelerate the expansion of offshore renewable energy globally. Floating offshore wind energy will become increasingly important over the next decade and this report seeks to elucidate the potential ecosystem benefits of floating offshore wind energy developments.
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    A roadmap for local deliberative engagements on transitions to net zero carbon and climate resilience
    (Environmental Protection Agency, 2022-07) Mullally, Gerard; Revez, Alexandra; Harris, Clodagh; Dunphy, Niall; Rogan, Fionn; Byrne, Edmond P.; McGookin, Connor; Ó Gallachóir, Brian P.; Bolger, Paul; O'Dwyer, Barry; Flood, Stephen; Boyle, Evan; Glynn, James; Barry, John; Ellis, Geraint; Environmental Protection Agency; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Public engagement and participation are best understood as fluid and evolving categories that embrace the many ways in which citizens collaborate on, intervene in, oppose or deliberate over matters that concern them. In recent years the role that the public occupies in climate action debates has expanded and has given rise to new knowledge co-creation practices and deliberative decision-making processes. It is increasingly acknowledged that meaningful public engagement in climate action requires well-informed, equal and inclusive processes. There is a compelling body of work internationally in support of embedding deliberative democratic practices more deeply to strengthen public engagement. In this report we explore some of these innovative practices and processes, and present the main findings from the project 'Engaging, Envisioning, and Co-Producing Pathways for a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Ireland (Imagining2050)', which was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The aim of the project was to engage with civil society using innovative co-creation and deliberative approaches, and test these approaches, to explore and consolidate future visions of and pathways to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future in Ireland.
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    Coastal climate adaptation in Ireland: The effects of climate change in Portrane (Fingal, Co. Dublin) and future perspectives
    (MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, 2021) Stori, Fernanda Terra; O'Mahony, Cathal; European Regional Development Fund; O'Hagan, Anne Marie
    The study presented herein was conducted by members of MaREI, in order to support Fingal County Council in managing responses to the impacts of climate change observed at Portrane, illustrated by the continuous process of coastal erosion at Burrow Beach, Portrane (Fingal, North Co. Dublin) and prospective flooding scenarios. There is an urgent need to address a policy gap in coastal management and climate adaptation in Ireland, hereafter called "Coastal Climate Adaptation". This gap poses challenges for coastal communities and local authorities across Ireland in dealing with past and current impacts of coastal erosion and flooding and presents a potential weakness in how Ireland will cope with future climate change impacts. The objective of this report is to present a baseline assessment aimed at providing a greater understanding of the coastal changes experienced over time at Burrow Beach, of the current and future impacts due to climate change scenarios, and to examine relevant legislation, plans and policies in relation to the debate on coastal climate adaptation strategies both locally and nationally.