City Profiles

Dublin - Ireland

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

The Dublin local authorities recognise that climate change is happening and that it poses a challenge to the continuing prospertity and well-being of Dublin's Citizens. They also recognise that local authorities can be leaders in the fight against climate change and that they share a responsibility to work together with national and internaational partners to tackle this issue.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, we do not have an adaptation strategy but are currently developing one
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
A Draft Strategy towards Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin Local Authorities
Date of strategy/plan approval
Jan 01, 1970
Weblinks to relevant plans/ studies
Summary of the strategy/plan
In response to the climate change challenge, the four Dublin local authorities: Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Councils have developed a regional approach for collaborating on solutions,with synchronised methodologies. This is with a view to preparing four independent local mitigation and adaptation plans - one for each local authority - with a strong emphasis on citizen engagement.
Additional information on adaptation responses
The four Dublin local authorities are developing synchronised but independent climate strategies through their Strategic Policy Committees (made up of two-thirds elected representatives and one-third local stakeholders) in association with Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency. Each municipal executive has established an expert group of representatives across the different departments which are crucial to tackling climate change and Codema is providing technical and communications support and project management.

Planned adaptation actions

Through a coordinated, measured and ambitious approach that includes all stakeholders, the Dublin local authorities will help mitigate against the harmful activities that cause climate change. They will also adapt their grey and green infrastructure so that it is resilient to the negative effects of climate change that are unavoidable, and move to sustainable and secure energy sources.

Good practice / spotlight item

South Campshires Flood Protection Project
Thanks to its coastal location, Dublin is suseptible to sea level rise and flooding. To deal with these risks, the city has undertaken numerous flood-related measures including the South Campshires Flood Protection Project. South Campshires is in a section of the original Dublin docklands quay that is relatively low and encompasses businesses and a densely populated residential area. The flood protection takes different forms at several sections over its length including high quality concrete finish wall, granite wall, raised parapets and waterproofing of existing buildings along the Campshires. Sections of the flood protection wall are staggered throughout the length of the Campshires to provide pedestrian permeability and integrate and improve the layout and landscape of the Campshires.More information can be found here.
South Campshires is an area of Dublin that has a high risk of flooding.

Climate change impacts

  • Sea Level Rise
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Management


Brendan Carr


1660000 inhabitants

Contact person

Gerry Wardell
Project Manager


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 01, 2014

Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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