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Sustainable Development and Climate Action

The Council recognises the importance of Grounding the Recovery in Sustainable Development and supports a policy shift in ambition and action to reduce emissions and biodiversity loss.

NESC has integrated sustainable development research with its core work programme to foster synergies and integration across environmental, social and economic sustainable development. We receive annual research funding from the Department of Environment, Climate Action and Communications.

NESC is working on a number of significant projects in the area of sustainable development and climate action. These include:

  • Accounting for Nature: This project began in 2022 and its corresponding Council Report, Natural Capital Accounting: A Guide for Action, was published in January 2024. On request from Government, NESC has provided advice on natural capital accounting. This work has included dialogue with key stakeholders to discuss how Ireland can better account for nature. In this report, the Council presents a guide for action as to what is required in order to value, recognise and bring considerations of nature more effectively into policy decision-making in Ireland.
  • Agriculture and Climate Action: NESC was requested by Government in the Climate Action Plan 2021 to undertake research and engage on how to support a climate just transition in agriculture, with an aim to co-create solutions with a diversity of stakeholders including farmers and rural communities. A multi-stakeholder NESC working group was established to support and provide guidance on the work. This project culminated in the Council Report Just Transition in Agriculture and Land Use; a tie-in event was held in the Convention Centre Dublin on 30th June 2023 – to view photos taken on the day please click here.
  • Placed-based research: Commissioned research from Dr Niamh Moore Cherry (UCD) and colleagues to explore place-based opportunities for policy and practice in transition through rural case studies will be published in the coming months.

Other recently completed work includes:

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