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TalX – Transboundary Adaptation Learning Exchange

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Funding Body

(Environmental Protection Agency) EPA


MaREI Centre

Research Partners

University College Cork (UCC), SNIFFER, Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Denise McCullagh

Research Area

Coastal & Marine Systems




TalX aims to establish an innovative learning network to enable a cohesive approach for measuring and acting on climate change adaptation across boundaries. It also seeks to develop best practice for processes which empower national, sectoral and local decisions makers. By adopting a stakeholder-led approach on a transboundary basis, this project will establish an innovative, collaborative learning network to develop transferable skills and enable solutions for adaptation while exploring best practice in terms of the structures and processes which empower decision-makers across all scale to address the objectives of climate adaptation policy.

This innovative learning network will be employed to develop recommendations for the continuous improvement of national, local and sectoral adaptation policy. Five case study jurisdictions (Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England) will participate in the network, all of which are subject to a similar climate impact profile but at different stages of maturity in adaptation planning and implementation. Attention will be paid to ensure that the learning network creates an enabling and supporting environment for all participants in which to share learnings rather than generate competition between nations on adaptation progress.

On the basis of international best practice and practitioner experiences of adaptation planning, this research will provide a collaborative space to exchange experiences of adaptation, provide for transboundary learning opportunities, increase decision-making capacity for adaptation and ultimately lead to effective climate adaptation implementation.

Work Packages

Work Package 1: Project Management

Provide project coordination and communication, budget management and ensure the delivery of outputs and reporting.

Work Package 2: Policy Review and Assessment

Establish best practice criteria for enabling adaptation, assess the enabling environment across the jurisdictions and identify challenges to the development of adaptation policy and implementation.

Work Package 3: Institutional Maturity and Competence Assessment

Assess the key institutional dimensions for delivering adaptation and develop an adaptation capability and maturity model.

Work Package 4: Communities of Practice and Pathways of Change

Establish representative communities of practice within the jurisdiction areas and use the process of co-creation to further enhance and test the adaptation capability and maturity model. Develop a high-level baseline assessment for the communities of practice. Establish a strong foundation for collaboration and learning across the jurisdiction areas.

Work Package 5: Network Development and Learning

Expand communities of practice and promote learning exchange, as well as developing and sharing reflective learning tools to help communities plan and implement climate action. Continually update and refine the capability and maturity model based on user feedback.

Work Package 6: Communication and Dissemination

Ensure impact through the uptake of outputs and by maximising awareness through project visibility.


Policy Briefs

Is Policy Enabling Adaptation? An assessment of Welsh national climate adaptation policies 

Does Policy Support Adaptation? An assessment of Scotland’s national climate adaptation policies

How does Policy Stack Up? An assessment of Northern Ireland’s national climate adaptation policies

Is Policy Effective Enough? An assessment of Ireland’s national climate adaptation policies

Does Policy Measure Up? An assessment of England’s national climate adaptation policies


Denise McCullagh

Climate Resilience Researcher, Impacts and Adaptation Group

Email: ei.ccu@hgalluccm.esined