This draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019 – 2024 represents the first such strategy prepared for Cork City. That stated, as presented later, it builds on significant work conducted by Cork City Council in both adapting and mitigating for climate change. The strategy sets out the risks that climate change will pose to Cork City along with key goals, and actions that the City Council seeks to implement for Cork City to adapt to climate change. As presented later, this climate change adaptation strategy will inform a separate climate change mitigation strategy which will be prepared by Cork City Council in due course. Adaptation seeks to address the resilience of the city against the impacts of climate change, while the mitigation strategy will seek to reduce Cork City’s impact on the climate.
Cork City should be agile in its response to climate change. To that extent, this is a dynamic Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and will be subject to constant review and updating as conditions change.
This Climate Change Adaptation Strategy has been prepared to inform a consultation process. Submissions are welcome from members of the public and other key stakeholders. These submissions will be evaluated before the strategy is finalised. Cork City Council is obliged to adopt a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy by 30th September, 2019. Submissions should be made by Friday, 13th September, 2019.