25. We will take forward the actions in the Climate Change Adaptation programme

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government in partnership with key delivery bodies including Local Authorities, Public Bodies, Businesses, Communities, Individuals.

Locations: All Scotland

Further reading: Scottish Government Climate Change

Environmental Mitigation: Climate Ready Scotland: Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme, opportunities to enhance adaptation actions to maximise benefits are included in the Environmental Report:

Ongoing Activity and Milestones: 2014 – May– Climate Ready Scotland: Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme published. The Adaptation Scotland programme, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer, has designed tools and resources to support the public sector, businesses and communities with the process of adapting to climate change and to help improve their resilience to a changing climate.

2015 – May – Scottish Ministers published the first annual report on progress made towards achieving the objectives and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the Climate Change Programme.

2016 – May – Scottish Ministers published the second annual report on progress made towards achieving the objectives and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the Climate Change Programme.

2016 – September – Independent Assessment presented to the Scottish Parliament by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change on the Scottish Government’s progress towards achieving the objectives and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the Programme.

2017 – January – UK Government published its second Climate Change Risk Assessment for the UK, which will inform the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme due in 2019.

2017 – May –Scottish Ministers published the third annual report on progress made towards achieving the objectives and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the Climate Change Programme. Case studies in the report included the Climate Ready Clyde Partnership, Edinburgh Adapts, University of St Andrews’ Climate Impact Assessment, Historic Environment Scotland’s screening for natural hazards, SNH pinewoods and forest projects, adapting Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, surface water management projects in Glasgow, adapting the Forth Road Bridge, ClimeFish and the National Coastal Change Assessment.

The Scottish Government is funding two research projects through Climate Ready Clyde :-

    • Regional Study on Economic Impacts of Climate Change (Commitment up to £25000)
      • This will deliver a macroeconomic analysis of current and future climate change within the City Region, case studies of impacts from 2/3 weather events, and a briefing note on the economic case for adaptation. This work would build on work underway to update Glasgow City Council’s Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) and UK Climate Projections etc
    • Climate Risk and Vulnerability Appraisal Toolkit for Major Projects (Commitment up to £15000)
      • This will deliver a publically available toolkit for core partners in the City Region to assess the climate risk and vulnerability of major projects and development sites. It will be piloted on 3 sites, including the planned £80M Strathclyde University campus redevelopment.

The Scottish Government is also funding two post-doctoral research fellowships as the foundation of ClimateXChange‘s research capacity, in particular to support the development of the second SCCAP. One fellowship is on adaptation science, with particular responsibilities for data collection and analysis, gap analysis, supporting the extension of the CXC indicators, interpreting the indicators for policy users and working closely with SEPA and the MET office. The second fellowship is on adaptation policy and will involve interpreting and presenting CCRA risks for the adaptation policy community, researching questions on policy design and delivery and exploring methods to demonstrate / quantify the benefits of adaptation.

2017 – June – the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, opened the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation conference in Glasgow, which brought together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers. For the first time, a special Business and Innovation programme was run in parallel with the first two days of the conference.

2018 – Met Office to publish its latest climate projections, UKCP18, which will inform the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme due in 2019.

2018 – May – Scottish Ministers to publish the fourth annual report on progress made towards achieving the objectives and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the Climate Change Programme.

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