Towards climate adaptation and coastal governance in Ireland: Integrated architecture for effective management?

Publication year: 2011
Source: Marine Policy, Volume 35, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 784-793

Maria, Falaleeva , Cathal, O’Mahony , Stefan, Gray , Margaret, Desmond , Jeremy, Gault , …

Coastal environments are susceptible to a range of impacts arising from medium and long-term climate change. However, as Ireland’s population and industrial centres are concentrated in coastal locations, Ireland’s coastal communities will be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Therefore, making the best use of existing knowledge to inform the establishment of governance structures capable of facilitating the measures and actions which may soon be required is a national imperative. Coastal communities worldwide have turned to integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) as a process to deliver sustainable development. This paper explores how experience gained from ICZM implementation can…