Collaborative Learning Initiative Managing and Adapting to the Environment (CLIMATE)
The district is experiencing an increasing number of extremeweather events. These events often lead to flooding and can cause property damage, distress to residents and placeextra demands on Council’s services.
Since the United Nations climate summit 2015 in Paris,scientists have concluded that climate change has increased the risk of extremeweather events around the world.
Climate science forecasts that rising greenhouse gasconcentrations will increase the frequency and/or intensity of extreme weatherevents, such as heavy rainfall, storms and extreme cold.
The CLIMATE project, Collaborative Learning InitiativeManaging and Adapting to the Environment (CLIMATE) will tackle climate changeon local and regional levels through using models of best practice to developclimate adaptation plans for the district. This €1.3m project is part funded bythe ERDF Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 and Derry City andStrabane District Council is the lead partner.
This project will work with partners and stakeholders fromfour different regions; Northern Ireland, Sweden, Rep. of Ireland and the FaroeIslands, in addition Associate Partners from Finland, Scotland, Norway andIceland will also be involved.
The main project objective is “Promote and improve climatechange awareness in European peripheral rural communities through a knowledgebased approach and community led sustainable resource planning that willmitigate against future climate impact and incorporating transnationalcollaboration through a best practice model which will improve preparedness forsustainable environmental management in future years”.
The project partners have come together to analyse andevaluate climate change issues and to use best practice models to develop amethod for development of a Climate Adaptation Plan and Preparedness Scalematrix for local authorities.
Derry City & Strabane District Council and its projectpartners will bring a blend of practitioners, policy makers, statutory agenciesas well as academia together to develop an approach to specific issues whicheach impacts upon each area. The primaryresearch methods into Climate Change used in Sweden, Faroe Islands, Norway,Finland and Iceland will enable the transfer of knowledge to Northern Ireland& Republic of Ireland where organisations in these countries will use theirskills in community engagement/environmental education to bring the results ofthe primary research to a new audience.
This project will help equip Derry City & Strabane District Council better understand the vulnerabilities of particular areas to the impacts of climate change. Based on this, actions to improve resilience,mitigate against climate change and help the district adapt will be put in place.