EU funds for new climate change collaboration between Wales and Ireland

Friday August 9th, 2019

A pilot project designed to help coastal communities in Wales and Ireland adapt to the impact of climate change has been backed by €1.3 million EU funds.eu_569356_flag150

The 2 year Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT) project will look at the regional implications of climate change, focussing on the coastal communities of Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock in Wales, and Rush and Portrane in North County Dublin, Ireland.

It will also look for commercial opportunities for marine energy from the Irish Sea, seeking creative solutions to globally important climate change issues.

As part of the project, local people will be encouraged to observe, interpret and record data about their community and coastal environment, and to take an active role in adapting their communities and businesses.

This hyperlocal data will be used to populate a shared ‘participatory map’, linking local factors to the bigger, global picture to reveal patterns and trends relating to issues including population change and economic challenges.

The project has been funded through the EU’s Ireland-Wales co-operation programme and will be led by University College Dublin in partnership with Cardiff University, University College Cork, Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, Fingal County Council and the Port of Milford Haven.

The Ireland-Wales programme is supporting businesses and organisations across both nations to work together in areas including climate change, innovation, cultural heritage and tourism.

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