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EPA Annual Climate Change Conference, Wednesday 15 May 2024

Registration is now open for the EPA Annual Climate Change Conference on 15 May 2024 – Ireland Living in a Changed Climate with Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor of the Central Bank, as keynote speaker.

This conference will highlight the evidence and emerging research relating to adaptation and climate resilience in Ireland. Keynote speakers and panellists will highlight the adaptation issues facing sectors and how they are assessing and dealing with them.

Speakers will bring a diverse perspectives and insights on flooding and water quality, heritage, commerce, conservation and tourism and society.

In addition to prestigious keynote speakers, this event will include panel question and answer sessions on how sectors are managing the emerging impacts of climate change now, and how Ireland can respond to the adaptation and resilience challenge.


The event will be relevant to policy makers, local and regional government, agencies, professionals, NGOs and academics dealing with climate change challenges.

Where and when?

Wednesday 15 May 2024 09:30-14:30

Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle – and live streamed online.

Register now:

For further information regarding the event, assistance registering and any queries please contact Go West Conference and Event Management:

About Ireland’s climate

The climate in Ireland is changing in line with global temperature increases.

Changes in:

  • levels of precipitation;
  • sea level rise, temperature,
  • chemistry and salinity;
  • increased storms, greater frequency of heatwaves;
  • changes in hydrology; and
  • phenology,

are some of the changes either being currently experienced or expected.

The cost of adapting to this changed environment is significant and careful planning is required. This conference will draw from European and National perspectives and will connect this with the experience of those living with and adapting to climate change and the strategic adaptation responses across sectors in Ireland.  

A banner for the annual EPA Climate Conference 23024 - Ireland living in a changed climate

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.