One of the four new regional Climate Action Offices is to be located in Castlebar. The Government is setting up the Local Authority Regional Climate Action Offices around the country to implement national climate policy.
A spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment confirmed to The Mayo News that the Atlantic Seaboard North office – which will cover counties Mayo, Donegal, Sligo and Galway – will be located in the Mayo County Council building in Castlebar.
Prepared under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the National Adaptation Framework (NAF) sets out the potential implications of climate change for Ireland and specifies the national strategy for the development of adaptation measures by key sectors and by local authorities.
Speaking at the launch of the NAF on Friday last, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten discussed the importance of facing up to the environmental challenges ahead:
“The challenges presented by climate change are unprecedented, both in terms of the potential scale of the impacts and the transformation required to prepare for them. We are already all too familiar with the impacts that climate change is having on our economy and society – we have seen it with Storm Ophelia and more recently with Storm Eleanor. Our response to climate change is not just about dealing with future impacts – we must also be prepared for the here and now and the more immediate challenges.”
He also said that local authorities will play a key role in ‘identifying our vulnerabilities and increasing our overall climate resilience’.
“The local authorities already provide a hugely important role as first responders to extreme weather-related events, and their local knowledge and expertise will be essential in determining how successful we are going to be in addressing the challenges of climate change.
“I have allocated €10 million to establish four Local Authority Regional Climate Action Offices. The establishment of these offices will enable a more coordinated engagement across the whole of Government and will help build on the experience and expertise which exists across the sector, namely planning and how the sector contributes effectively to climate-related emergencies.”
The department spokesperson said that it is not yet known when the office will be open or how many will be employed there.