Cork County Council secure HORIZON EUROPE Funding for a new European Project

Cork County Council and the MaREI Research Centre in collaboration with European and British partners have been awarded €10m to develop the methodology for employing nature based systems to boost our resilience to climate change and to mitigate its impacts in coastal areas. 

This four-year long Horizon Europe project, called A-AAGORA, will be implemented with the support of the Atlantic Seaboard South Climate Adaption Regional Office (CARO) in collaboration with partners from Germany, France, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Romania and the UK.

MaREI, based in Ringaskiddy, is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre for energy, climate and marine research and innovation co-ordinated by the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork. The centre comprises over 220 researchers focusing on defined global challenges such as the Energy Transition, Climate Action and the Blue Economy.

The Atlantic Seaboard South Climate Adaption Regional Office (CARO) office supports and coordinates climate actions undertaken by the five Local Authorities of Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Cork City and County. The office is funded by the Department of Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport and is hosted by Cork County Council as the lead authority within the Southern Region.

In welcoming the award, the Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Danny Collins highlighted how,

Coastal resilience is vitally important.  As a coastal county with responsibility for 19% of the country’s coastline, Cork County Council plays a critical role in the management of coastal environments and climate adaption. On behalf of the Council, I am looking forward to working closely with local, national and international partners on this exciting project

Mr. Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, confirmed that

Tim Lucey

Chief Executive

Cork County Council Headquarters, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, Ireland. Eircode: T12 R2NC.

Cork County Council is committed to building climate resilience into every aspect of the work we do. We have a strong leadership role in delivering effective climate action. This project will help guide County Cork and other coastal regions throughout the EU to address the challenges together while developing innovative and sustainable solutions that address adaptation and importantly enhance our resilience to a changing climate.

A-AAGORA will involve collaboration with coastal communities and citizen scientists. Using pilot sites along the coast from Youghal to Barleycove, the project will provide both practical and best practice examples of new and innovative coastal management techniques which aim to deliver nature-based solutions to assist marine ecosystem restoration and biodiversity protection.