Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019

RCC Climate Change Adaptation Strategy


At the Council Plenary meeting of 23rd September 2019, the Members of Roscommon County Council resolved to approve the Roscommon Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019 – 2024:


Pursuant to the provisions of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018, Roscommon County Council resolves to approve the Roscommon Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024, having considered the draft strategy, the contents of the CE report on submissions received during the period of consultation and the SEA and AA Screening Reports carried out in accordance with the requirements of the SEA Directive (DIR 2001/42/EC) and Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC)


Developed in partnership with the Eastern and Midlands Climate Action Regional Office, the plan seeks to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change, and will focus on six key areas:

  • Local Adaptation      Governance and Business Operations 
  • Infrastructure and Built      Environment
  • Landuse and Development
  • Drainage and Flood      Management
  • Natural Resources and      Cultural Infrastructure
  • Community Health and      Wellbeing


Adaptation refers to efforts to manage the risks and impacts associated with existing or anticipated impacts of climate change.


Mitigation refers to efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and reduce the severity of future climate change impacts.


The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy sets out specific goals, actions and objectives, which will see the Council adapting its policies, procedures, functions and business operations to account for the impacts associated with Climate Change. 


The Strategy will assist the Council in reducing its energy usage and choosing more sustainable options, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It also aims to help influence a reduction in emissions in the wider county by working in partnership with local communities, businesses and national government.


The actions outlined in this Strategy will be continually monitored by a dedicated climate action team working across all Council Departments and in partnership with the newly established Climate Action Regional Office. The Strategy will be fully updated every five years to reflect latest policy, technology and climate related impacts and to ensure the Strategy continues to be informed by international best practice and regional research institutions.