Where next for the Adaptation Scotland programme?
Following our successful tender to deliver the Adaptation Scotland programme until March 2018, we are now developing new and exciting projects to take forward with our many existing partners and in new partnerships.
Having provided adaptation support in Scotland since 2003 we know that a key to success is to see adaptation as an innovation and collaboration challenge. Our programme for the next three years builds on our significant success in engaging with others and building their capacity to include adaptation within their sectors, communities and spheres of influence.
We will continue to provide support and build up momentum in Scotland, helping to integrate adaptation across policy areas to support a climate ready Scotland. In particular we plan to roll out or Adaptation Learning Exchange.
Underpinning our approach is a ‘theory of change’ way of working towards a big picture outcome where society is motivated and equipped to work collaboratively. This means embedding adaptation as part of a low carbon, socially just, sustainable and healthy Scotland. In this way we can become not only Climate Ready, but Climate Smart.
So we have our work cut out! We are looking to create a step change in the way that Scotland mainstreams adaptation, with an ever increasing number of partnerships and collaborations for action and sharing of best practice. This in turn must be supported by all sectors having increased capability, capacity and confidence to analyse and respond to the threat and opportunities that a changing climate presents.
Sniffer’s role, and that of the Adaptation Scotland programme, is as an enabler in this journey. The next phase of the programme will be about supporting greater integration of climate consideration across a wider range of players, reaching out to more diverse policy areas and deeper across different sectors.
We are exploring ways promoting Climate Services in Scotland, providing a role in bringing together climate data with other information and data sources to provide customised services and solutions (adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management) that can be used to support our response to climate change.