Public and stakeholder submissions from Galway are being encouraged for a plan which considers the impact of climate change on flooding.
The consultation for the OPW’s Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Flood Risk Management is open until 16 August.
Minister Ciaran Cannon urged people to make submissions and said: “While people in South Galway are all too familiar with the problems presented by flooding, the recent visit of Minister Kevin Boxer Moran to the region will give them great assurance that an effective flood relief solution will be found to definitively deal with this major issue.
“Both myself and Minister Moran are determined too that this solution will take into account the fact that climate change will have a significant impact on flooding and flood risk in Ireland due to rising sea levels, increased rainfall in winter and heavier rain days”.
“Ireland is well advanced in its preparations to tackle flood risk now and into the future arising from the potential impacts of climate change and the OPW has completed the most extensive and comprehensive study on flood risk ever undertaken in this country through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme.”
The plan also identifies 21 adaptation actions needed to ensure effective and sustainable management of flood risk into the future and it is important that the public have their say in the plan`s development”.