Farmers’ attitudes and preferences for climate change adaptation: An Irish case study

In the context of agricultural production in the Atlantic Area, communities face challenges from changing temperatures and rainfall patterns, sea level rises and the impact of extreme climate events that could interrupt agricultural activity.  To address these challenges, it is important for the agricultural sector to manage risks and adapt to challenging and changing climate conditions. A new report from NUI Galway examines farmers’ attitudes and preferences for climate change adaptation in Ireland. The overarching aims of the report are to present findings on farmers’ beliefs regarding climate change with a particular focus on extreme weather events, the drivers and barriers of climate change adaptation and the willingness of Irish farmers to engage in specific adaptation measures related to insurance protection for their own farm and flood protection for downstream communities. The report is part of the EU Interreg Atlantic Area RiskAquaSoil project which aims to develop a comprehensive management plan for risks in soil and in water to improve the resilience of the Atlantic rural and agricultural areas to climate.

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On 12 November, the Whitaker Institute will be hosting a live webinar which will include presentations from the RiskAquaSoil team and discuss the findings from the report. For more information and to register click here.