Stronger together - the whole is greater than the sum of the parts
The All-Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network (AICBRN) brings together researchers from across the island of Ireland who are undertaking research in the climate and biodiversity fields. The diversity of disciplinarity and expertise of members across the physical, natural and social sciences, engineering, and humanities enables this network to cooperatively undertake the essential fundamental and challenge-based research required for Ireland to successfully address the climate and biodiversity emergency. The network was instigated in late 2019 and the concept has been developed by an initial core group from across institutions north and south. The network is intended to
be inclusive in nature and substantial efforts to expand membership are underway and planned to continue into the future.
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The all island approach adopted by the network is timely. Climate change is a major issue for both governments and requires all island solutions. The ambitions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action of the EU Green Deal are reflected in both the Northern Ireland Executive ‘New Decade, New Approach’ agreement and in the Republic of Ireland Programme for Government. The Northern Ireland Executive commits to tackle climate change head on with a strategy to address the immediate and longer term impacts of climate change, while the Programme for Government includes a Green New Deal Mission and commits to a 51% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030.
The AICBRN aims to develop a large-scale research initiative to provide data and know- how necessary for underpinning policy decisions, industry strategies and opportunities with a direct benefit to society.
Together, the research we undertake will:
Provide the knowledge base required to maintain and enhance the existing services that climate and ecosystems provide Irish society;
Strengthen the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses, civil society and governments across the island of Ireland to mitigate and adapt to the climate and biodiversity crises; and
Ensure Ireland is able to accurately monitor the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the environment and integrate the results into broader European and global models and databases.