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For EU Member States, information is based on their official adaptation reporting: 2023 and 2021 adaptation reporting under the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (see EU Adaptation ReportingClimate-ADAPT Country Profiles). Note: The relevant information has been copied from the EU official reporting on adaptation (submitted until 15 November 2023), without further elaborating the contents of the text. Some information, valid at the time of reporting, may no longer be valid today. Any necessary additions to the text are clearly highlighted. In addition, information collated in the EEA’s analysis of Climate change and health: the national policy review in Europe (2021). Note: Some information, valid at the time of publication, may no longer be valid today. Any necessary additions to the text are clearly highlighted. 

Information from Governance Regulation reporting on adaptation (2023, 2021)

The health sector is covered in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 (Climate Act, 2015), the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS, 2017) and the Climate Action Plan 2023 (2022). The Climate Action Plan’s chapter on adaptation contains 20 actions to be undertaken in 2023 categorised under priority areas, one of which is Climate resilience in health. Mainstreaming of adaptation action into general policy areas, including health, was a clear focus in Climate Action Plan’s adaptation actions.

The Health Sectoral Adaptation Plan (SAP, 2018) was developed under the National Adaptation Framework (established under the Climate Act) by the Department of Health in line with the requirements of the Climate Act. The SAP identifies the key risks faced across the sector and the approach being taken to address these risks and build climate resilience for the future. The SAP was developed applying a six-step adaptation planning process described in the (National) Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation. Vulnerability and risk analysis are required in sectoral plans as set out in Sectoral Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation, which will be reviewed in 2023.

Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) assist local government to develop and implement climate action measures, and to build capacity within the sector, i.e. health, to respond and adapt to climate change. CAROs played a key role in coordinating the development of the local authority adaptation strategies, ensuring alignment with SAPs. 

Information from EEA report. Climate change and health: the national policy overview in Europe (2022)

National policies on climate change adaptation and national health strategies were analysed to identify the coverage of climate-related impacts on health (physical, mental, and social) and the types of interventions addressing them. The report provides a European overview, while the geographical coverage of various aspects of national policies across Europe can be visualized using the map viewer. The results for Ireland are summarised here.

Policy documents reviewed:

National adaptation framework (2018)

Health. Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan 2019-2024. Prepared under the National Adaptation Framework  

Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025

Aspects covered in the reviewed policy document:

Resources in the Observatory catalogue on Ireland

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