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On Monday the 16th September, Kilkenny County Council officially adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the period 2019 to 2024.
Under the National Adaptation Framework all Local Authorities are required to prepare and adopt a five-year Climate Adaptation Strategy by the end of September 2019.
Prior to the draft going before the Council, a period of public consultation was undertaken during the summer and a total of 14 submissions were received. These submissions, as appropriate, were taken into consideration in the Strategy presented to the Council at Monday's Meeting.
The Strategy, which was unanimously adopted by the council, sets out the following core objectives:
- Ensure that climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all plans and policies and integrated into all operations and functions of Kilkenny County Council
- Ensure consideration and understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change in the County
- Implementation of climate resilient actions in a planned and proactive manner.
The Strategy contains a total 95 individual actions under five Adaptation Action Headings: - Energy & Buildings, Flood Resilience, Resource Management, Transport and Nature & Communities. The actions are spread across the full spectrum from providing home energy kits that facilitate energy efficiency in households, through to flood relief management plans for towns and villages that are impacted by flooding to a tree planting initiative across the County.
Cathaoirleach Peter Chap Cleere later said:
"This is a very important day for County Kilkenny. I think everyone now acknowledges that we are at the beginning of a long and challenging process of transitioning to a low-carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy and I believe that the adoption of this Strategy by the Council demonstrates Kilkenny County Councils commitment to being a frontrunner in effecting change in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation."