Four new Scottish case studies to help you adapt
This month we’ve added a suite of new adaptation case studies to our website to help you on your adaptation journey. Scottish Water & Mott Macdonald, and Historic Environment Scotland showcase their work on improving climate risk assessments, while the University of St Andrews shows us how to present this risk information to senior staff in a climate impacts workshop, and Edinburgh Adapts provides an example of a partnership approach to addressing these risks on a city-wide scale.
With all four studies drawn from supported projects undertaken by our partners here in Scotland, they provide clear examples of adaptation in action across the country.
(Elcho Castle picture ©Historic Environment Scotland)
Based in the Glasgow City Region? Apply for our Climate Ready Clyde Accelerator
We are now accepting applications from organisations based in the Glasgow City Region to join our Climate Ready Clyde Accelerator. The Accelerator is a targeted professional learning programme that will provide participants with the skills and confidence to drive adaptation forward in their organisations. It is based around two workshops (28-29 November 2016 and May 2017) and a self-selected adaptation task. By participating you will build relationships with other adaptation professionals in your region and Adaptation Scotland will support you in completing your chosen adaptation challenge.
An information note and application form is now available on our website, send your completed form by Thursday 10 November 2016. For further information, please contact Joseph Hagg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kit England (email@example.com) .
Read our new impact report
Our new impact report marks the half way point in the current Adaptation Scotland programme. Since January 2015, together with our partners we have delivered over 30 stakeholder events, engaged over 500 people through our ALE community engagement projects, created a range of new tools to help Scotland meets its adaptation challenges, and much more.
You can read our story by following the link below. In the second half of this programme we are committed to going even further.
Read the report
SSN conference 2016 kicks off tomorrow
The annual Sustainable Scotland Network conference gets started tomorrow at the Strathclyde University Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. Key speakers include Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, and Heidi Hauf, Principle Sustainability Advisor for Sustainable Business. They will be joined by over 200 delegates to discuss the conference theme ‘Pathways to 2030’ and we'll be there too.
If you are attending in person come and see us at the Adaptation Scotland stall in the exhibition area. If you aren’t able to attend you can still follow all the action by using the hashtag #ssnconf16
Nation-wide assessment shows adaptation action underway across the country
The first independent assessment of Scotland’s progress on adaptation has praised the widespread action underway, but notes the effectiveness of this action is currently difficult to measure. Reporting to the Scottish Parliament, the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change noted the great majority of the 148 policies contained within the first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP) are completed or on track.
Commenting on preparations for the next SCCAP, due in 2019, Adaptation Sub-Committee Chairman, Lord Kerbs said: “The Scottish Government now needs to develop clear action plans, and better ways to monitor and review progress, to ensure Scotland is ready for the climate-related challenges ahead.”
Roger Street writes on the challenge of balancing adaptation and mitigation
Following the ratification of the Paris Agreement, UK Climate Impacts Programme Director, Roger Street, gives his view on the balance between mitigation and adaptation. Writing on the UNA-UK’s Climate 2020 blog, he notes Paris has placed adaptation squarely on the international agenda and highlights the potential for adaptation strategies to align with, and support, efforts to tackle other challenges such as disaster risk management and poverty eradication.
You can read the full article here
Resilient Cities 2017 call for contributions now open
Resilient Cities is now inviting submissions for its 2017 conference in Bonn, Germany. The annual forum on urban resilience and adaptation is organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and will take place on 4 - 6 May 2017.
Proposals are sought for presentations, panels, workshops, Reality Check Workshops, facilitated discussions, posters, and co-events. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2016.
‘You’ll have had your tea then?’ asks UN FAO
A new report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warns tea production is being put under increasing strain by climate change. Excluding water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world and has a total global production value of $14 billion.
The report looks at the climate pressures on tea growing across the four largest producer countries – China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka – and provides recommendations for adaptation for tea growers, agricultural science institutes, and national/international policymakers.