IGS submission on the government's Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage
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In its submission to the government’s public consultation for a Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for Built & Archaeological Heritage, the IGS made the following recommendations:
- In order to fulfil the objective to “establish a baseline for heritage resources from which change can be measured”, the following actions are required:
- Complete the National Landscape Character Map which is an objective of the National Landscape Strategy and the National Planning Framework.
- Complete and, where necessary, review and update the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and the Survey of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes.
- Ensure that all relevant authorities with forward planning functions be adequately resourced with qualified conservation professionals.
- Funding for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme be increased to at least €3.5million p.a. in fulfilling the Plan’s objective to “develop grant schemes for preventive maintenance, sensitive adaptation and disaster recovery from climate impacts, supported by guidance documents”.
- In responding to the Plan’s recognition of a “need to develop a risk register”, there should be an objective to prepare a national Buildings at Risk Register to provide quantifiable data to assist in formulating policies and planned actions.