NI Adaptation Planning Toolkit

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NI Adaptation Planning Toolkit

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Step One

Getting Started

Aims

  • Understand the challenge and create your core Working Group

 

Objectives

  • Understand the challenge of climate change and how it impacts NI
  • Understand the context of climate change action and policy in Northern Ireland
  • Create a core working group (5–6 max)
  • Undertake a scoping exercise to define the parameters of the plan, as well as your level of resource and policies you should align with.
  • Discuss with your core working group who should participate in larger workshops as part of Steps 2 and 3.

 

Introduction

In starting the adaptation planning journey, one of the most critical elements is to identify what resource is available in your organisation and to ensure the involvement of the right people in terms of knowledge and role within the organisation. At this stage, you may also wish to learn more about the climate challenge and your role in taking action.

The following documents will provide you with the key information about the current and future impacts of climate change in Northern Ireland, as well as an overview of the relevant international and national climate change policy for Northern Ireland.

 

What is climate change and how does it impact NI?

What is the climate change policy context in NI?

Tips and advice for adaptation planning

There are three actions needed to prepare for the first working group meeting of your organisation:

  • 1) Create a core working group (5–6 max) and use it to undertake the following actions
  • 2) Undertake a scoping exercise to define the parameters of the plan, in terms of your level of resource and the policies you should align with.
  • 3) Discuss with your core working group who should participate in the 3 larger workshops in Steps 2 and 3.

1) The first action is to create a core working group to which you can delegate work, and which can help you steer the project, as well as sharing information back and forth across your organisation. This can be up to 5 or 6 people from a current group, or a new team. Either way it will be useful to set up a Microsoft Teams site or some way of sharing files.

Hold an initial meeting(s) using the agenda and PowerPoint below as a guide. You should discuss the background to why your organisation is developing an adaptation plan, agree on your terms of reference and discuss the scoping exercise (Point 2) and the extended invite list for the workshops in Steps 2 and 3. (Point 3)

2) Define the scope of your plan, including your level of resource and what ongoing projects and policies the plan will need to align with. It is a good idea to begin this work yourself and then bring it to the core working group to discuss further. Use the ‘Adaptation Plan Scoping Document‘ below to guide you. 

3) The final step in this section is to use the contact database (an excel file with some indicative services you may want to invite to get the best possible conversation) to develop an extended invite list with representation across all services. This is needed for 3 workshops in Steps 2 and 3 and will only meet occasionally, as opposed to the core group which meets more regularly to help steer the process.

Adaptation Plan Scoping Document

Core Working Group Initial Meeting Draft Agenda

Core Working Group Terms of Reference Template

Core Working Group Initial Meeting PowerPoint Template

Contact Database for extended Working Group

Have you read/completed these essential documents?

What is Climate Change and how does it impact NI?

What is the Climate Change policy context in NI?

Tips and Advice for Adaptation Planning

Adaptation Plan Scoping Document

Core Working Group Initial Meeting Draft Agenda

Core Working Group Terms of Reference Template

Core Working Group Initial Meeting PowerPoint Template

Contact database for extended working group

Additional information:

Headline Climate Impacts Infographic

What is the business case for adaptation?

How is Adaptation planning relevant to each Service?

Service Area Factsheets

Downloadable Checklist for Step 1

Step 1 Checklist

Step One Complete

You now know more about climate change in NI You have created a core working group, undertaken an initial scoping exercise and have a list of contacts for the larger group needed in workshop 1. You are ready to move on to Step 2, which will involve the first meeting of that extended group.

Go to Step Two