Committee on Climate Change assesses Scotland’s progress on adapting to climate change


Plans are in place but we need urgent action to ensure Scotland’s natural environment, buildings and infrastructure networks, and people are prepared for the risks and opportunities that a changing climate presents.

In its first report to the Scottish Parliament the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change says that the plans and policies are in place but the evidence of progress is mixed.

Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Sniffer – the charity that delivers the Scottish Government funded Adaptation Scotland Programme said: ‘Through our work we know of great examples of climate change adaptation partnerships across Scotland that are delivering results on critical issues like flood protection, community resilience and protecting Scotland’s unique flora and fauna. Local Authorities, businesses and community groups are all seeing that climate change is having an impact through increases in average temperatures, sea level and changes in rainfall patterns. They are looking for ways to reduce the risks and take the opportunities that this creates.’

‘It is a great credit to the Scottish Government that this assessment finds so many plans and policies to be in place. We know a lot about the actions we could and should take – for example we have made a web tool that visualises six Scottish places and the many climate change adaptation options that can be taken. Now we need even more co-ordinated action and clear responsibilities and leadership for taking the appropriate action.’

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