Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Fish Migration and Barriers to Migration: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Brian LeddinBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

I might interject before Mr. Ó Dónaill contributes. It is positive that, according to what I just heard, there has been a move towards understanding and assessing flood mitigation and flood risk through the lens of nature-based solutions. It was heartening to hear that. I expect that, in the rivers where these solutions are employed, we will see multiple co-benefits. Will Mr. Casey discuss some of the solutions that have been developed and how the assessment works?

Does the OPW have the in-house expertise? I am an engineer and engineers can be siloed in their thinking and in the way they develop solutions. For nature-based solutions a multidisciplinary approach is needed. Does the OPW have that multidisciplinary expertise in house so that it can properly assess flood risk, mitigation and appropriate nature-based solutions?


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