About the Project

The main project objective is “Promote and improve climate change awareness in European peripheral rural communities through a knowledge based approach and community led sustainable resource planning that will mitigate against future climate impact and incorporating transnational collaboration through a best practice model which will improve preparedness for sustainable environmental management in future years”.

Involved UK and Irish partners’ will learn significantly from the climate adaptation expertise of Scandinavian & Faroes partners whilst UK and Irish partners’ will share their knowledge & experience of effectively utilising a ‘bottom-up’ community led approach to achieving desired results. 

The project partners have come together to analyse and evaluate climate change issues and to use best practice models to develop a method for development of a Climate Adaptation Plan and Preparedness Scale matrix for local authorities. This project provides an opportunity for significant delivery of change on a transnational basis, the project will explore possibilities and practical solutions across the regions. This includes opportunities to explore what works in one region and how this can be transferred – particularly from a policy and implementation point of view.

The project will create new environmental management solutions such as a model for development of a Climate Adaptation Plan for local and central government that can be modified and adopted across the NPA region. The Preparedness Scale and Risk Register will also be innovative developments which will build on and adapt the baseline risk assessments carried out to date by Swedish municipalities.

The transnational partners bring a blend of practitioners, policy makers, statutory agencies as well as academia together to develop an approach to specific issues which each impacts upon the other and which offers the opportunity for shared learning and knowledge transfer. The primary research methods into Climate Change used in Sweden, Faroe Islands, Norway, Finland and Iceland will enable the transfer of knowledge to Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland where organisations in these countries will use their skills in community engagement/environmental education to bring the results of the primary research to a new audience.