The need to support training targeted at raising awareness and knowledge of the impacts of climate change on individuals’ daily lives was identified as a priority under the Rural Environment theme of the LEADER Programme in Cavan’s Local Development Strategy 2016. Through a series of three training programmes, which encouraged individuals and communities to share their experiences, with support from tutors in this field, Cavan County Local Development (CCLD) set out to address this need.
The ‘Cavan Communities 4 Climate Action’ training programme helped to equip participants with the skills and expertise to make their communities more climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable. It also presented a platform for CCLD to promote opportunities to avail of LEADER funding under the Rural Environment theme to assist in developing relevant projects into the future. CCLD is committed to helping Cavan transition to a low carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable county.
A major result and legacy of this project was the subsequent formation of a county-based climate action network in Cavan, which aims to inform the wider community of the need for a collective approach to developing climate solutions. Moreover, this training has empowered participants to put climate ideas forward for inclusion in the next Local Development Strategy for the 2023-2027 LEADER Programme in the Cavan area.
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This project was supported as part of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 (extended to 2022) under the theme of the Rural Environment and the sub-theme of Renewable Energy.