Monaghan County Council Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Monaghan County Council Draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Introduction

Monaghan County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.

Climate change is recognised as the major challenge facing us at both National and International level with policy responses required in terms of both mitigating the causes of climate change and also in adapting to the inevitable consequences of our changing climate. The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy represents a proactive step by Monaghan County Council in the process of adaptation planning to build resilience and respond effectively to the threats posed by climate change. Whilst Monaghan County Council is continually working to mitigate against the causes of climate change by striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this adaption strategy is primarily concerned with increasing Monaghan County Council’s resilience in adapting to the impacts of climate change and associated extreme weather events.

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy considers the impacts of recent severe weather events experienced in the county and likely to face in the future and proposes a range of actions to be delivered at County Level to allow the council to adapt better to such events in the future.  The strategy will further strengthen Monaghan County Council’s ability to be climate resilient in our day to day operations and in our dealings and interactions with all stakeholders

 

Purpose of the Strategy:

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy takes on the role as the primary instrument at local level to:

  • ensure a proper comprehension of the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change
  • bring forward the implementation of climate resilient actions in a planned and proactive manner and,
  • ensure that climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all plans and policies and integrated into all operations and functions of Monaghan County Council.

 

Environmental Reports:

Accompanying the draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is:

  • A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report in accordance with the SEA Directive (DIR 2001/42/EC) and pursuant to European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (SI 435 of 2004 as amended by SI 200 of 2011) and,
  • An Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC).

 

Making a Submission:

Submissions or observations may be made:

by e-mail to climateaction@monaghancoco.ie

or

in writing to

Kieran Duffy, A/Senior Executive Engineer, Environmental Services, Monaghan County Council, Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, A81 RY22.

Submissions or observations should state your name, address and where relevant the organisation/body etc. represented. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. post/hard copy or by email

Any written submissions or observations received within the timeframe will be taken into consideration before the making of the strategy. You are invited to make written submissions/ observations in respect of the draft strategy and the accompanying SEA and AA screening reports.

Closing date for receipt of submission is midnight on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

The draft climate change adaption strategy and accompanying reports can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (PDF)

Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report (PDF)

Draft Appropriate Assessment Screening Report (PDF)

A copy of the draft strategy, SEA and AA screening reports also may be viewed at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Monaghan Municipal District Office, The Glen, Monaghan.
  • Castleblayney/Carrickmacross Municipal District Office, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross
  • Ballybay/Clones Municipal District Office, The Diamond, Clones
  • Monaghan Library North Road, Monaghan
  • Carrickmacross Library, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross
  • Castleblayney Library, Iontas Centre, Castleblayney
  • Clones Library, 98 Avenue, Clones
  • Ballybay Library, Main Street, Ballybay

 

The adaptation strategy, SEA screening report and AA screening report may also be viewed on the Government Public Consultations Portal at https://gov.ie/consultations

Data Protection:  

Please note that all submissions may be available for public viewing during the period of making the strategy. Monaghan County Council will treat all personal data as confidential and will retain data for no longer than is necessary for the purpose of this Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and in accordance with the Council’s Retention Policy and relevant Data Protection legislation.