For Written Answer on : 19/10/2021
Question Number(s): 452 Question Reference(s): 50628/21
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage if the National Coastal Change Management Strategy Steering Group chaired by his Department is examining the potential impacts to coastal areas of a predicted rise in sea levels as outlined in a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The National Coastal Change Management Strategy Steering Group is jointly chaired by my Department and the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Group is comprised of senior officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Met Éireann, and the County and City Management Association.
A technical working group has also been established under the stewardship of the OPW. The work of this group has focused on the identification and initial analysis of data sources, to underpin the work of the Steering Group.
The Steering Group will reconvene in the coming weeks to build further on the progress made with a view to finalising a strategy. I understand that this will that will take into account the scenarios being outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.