Policy Integration, Disaster Risk Management Responsibilities, Focus Group, Practitioner Perceptions, Ireland, Climate Change Adaptation
This chapter critically assesses the integration of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) with a special focus on the Irish policy and governance context. The chapter first presents a comprehensive overview of the Irish policy environment for CCA and DRR including its current level of integration. Analysis of alignment with global and regional drivers of integration is then considered. Next, drawing on empirical research conducted with multi-disciplinary experts across Ireland, the chapter employs the SHIELD model, developed by the EU-funded ESPREssO project, which outlines six pathways to enhance integration across the domains of CCA and DRR. The pathways comprise of sharing knowledge; harmonising capacities; institutionalising coordination; engaging stakeholders; leveraging investments; and developing communication. Findings of stakeholder focus groups and survey responses highlight the challenges and opportunities for impactful integration between CCA and DRR in Ireland from a practitioner perspective across the six SHIELD pathways. Finally, conclusions from the study indicate the importance of governance, management and coordination of systems for CCA and DRR; the sequencing of policy-making, planning and research; and the significance of specificity in relation to use of the six SHIELD pathways.