Policy Coherence for Climate Change Adaptation at the Land-Sea Interface in Ireland

Planning Practice & Research, Volume 37


One area where climate adaptation policies are proving difficult to design and implement is at the coast. On one hand, some of the most severe impacts of climate change are being recorded at the coast – especially through erosion and flooding – whilst on the other hand, these areas represent complex land-sea planning and policy interfaces. This paper analyses the coherency of policies along Ireland’s coast from a climate adaptation perspective. Results suggest that many policies are developed in an ad-hoc fashion around the needs of single sectors. Improved policy coherence at all levels of governance is required to address this.

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 


The BCOMAR project was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Marine Institute in Ireland [project code 2018-CCRP-MS.59]. It is co-hosted by SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine (MaREI, University College Cork) and the National University Ireland Galway.

Contact person:

Glen Smith: glen.smith.mi@gmail.com



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