Minister announces funding for community resilience projects


Conference demonstrates Scotland position at the forefront of climate change adaptation: Successful adaptation pilots give way to community resilience funding.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse MSP opened Scotland’s Adaptation Conference with news that the Climate Challenge Fund will now fund projects that look at reducing carbon emissions and also contribute to climate resilience. The 200-strong audience heard that, following successful pilots earlier this year, the Fund will take a broader approach.

The Minister said:

Minister at conference‘Earlier this year, aside a refresh of the Fund, we undertook a small number of adaptation pilots to look at the potential benefit of using the Fund to support climate resilience projects.

The review concluded that support for appropriate community resilience projects, that are low carbon and contribute to broader community action, offers an opportunity to get communities engaged in climate change in a way that would be helpful to both the adaptation and mitigation agenda.   
I am therefore delighted to announce that from today, in a move to a more integrated approach which considers climate action in the round, the Climate Challenge Fund will be available for appropriate community resilience projects.’

In keeping with the overall principles of the Fund, the projects must:

  • deliver carbon reductions;
  • be community led;
  • create a legacy; and
  • contribute to wider community climate action.

The news was welcomed by the conference as a sign Scotland is keeping its position as a global leader in building partnerships for climate change adaptation.

The conference held in Edinburgh on 9 September was timed within the consultation period for the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme – an ambitious programme to make Scotland’s society, infrastructure and natural environment climate ready. This gave the participants a unique opportunity to discuss the long term plans for Scottish adaptation policy but also to get inspiration from the many ground breaking projects already underway in Scotland. 

Through a combination of key note speakers, interactive parallel sessions, case studies and panel discussions the conference was an opportunity to raise awareness of the broad range of adaptation initiatives underway in Scotland and elsewhere, engage a wide range of stakeholders on adaptation policy developments and the draft Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and network across sectors to develop new ideas, projects and partnerships, and inspire action.

Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Sniffer which delivers the Scottish Government funded support programme Adaptation Scotland said:

‘A forum like this conference always generates new partnerships and project ideas. From the big national picture of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme to the small community projects, Scotland is leading the way on adaptation. Through our work with Adaptation Scotland we know that many countries are looking to Scotland and the partnership approach that we are taking here.

‘We are delighted that the Minister’s announcement and look forward to working with the Scottish Government and the Climate Challenge Fund to build strong support for community resilience projects.’

‘At Sniffer we work with many organisations and communities that recognise that decisions made today will determine how well we manage the impacts of climate change in the future. The Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme emphasises the need to look across society, economy and the environment and take joined-up action. At the conference we heard from a range of initiatives that are putting partnership working into practice’

‘The discussions were followed by senior “keynote listeners” drawing out key next steps and actions. This was an exciting way to reflect back on the day’s proceedings from different perspectives and stress that a climate ready Scotland will take a team effort.’

A conference report will be on-line by the end of September

Read the Minister’s speech

Browse the conference presentations

Read more about Sniffer’s work on resilient communities

Read more about Adaptation Scotland

Read more about the Climate Challenge Fund

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