SCCIP News

What will a climate ready Scotland look like?
Climate Ready Places is a new web resource that takes six 'typical Scottish locations' and looks at how they could adapt to climate change. The site explores the threats and opportunities Scotland's changing climate poses and gives a vision of what climate ready looks like.

Backed-up by expert knowledge, the colourful visualisations can be used by a range of audiences as a starting point for discussions and planning actions. You can explore the Climate Ready Places here. To learn more about the background of the project visit the Adaptation Scotland website.

 
Climate Change Minister launches Climate Ready Biosphere Vision and Action Plan
Aileen McLeod MSP, Scottish Government Climate Change Minister, spoke of the importance of partnerships in adapting to climate change as she launched the new Climate Ready Biosphere Vision and Action Plan. Developed by the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve and Adaptation Scotland, the Vision sets out how the project will provide valuable insight and leadership on climate change adaptation in the coming months and years.

Information about this project will be shared with Biospheres worldwide, demonstrating Scotland’s leadership in adapting to climate change and, inspiring others to do the same.
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Scottish News
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling invited to join flagship EU urban adaptation scheme
Three of Scotland’s largest cities have been selected to join the Mayors Adapt twinning programme. An initiative of the EU Covenant of Mayors, the programme aims to improve urban centres capacity to adapt to climate change by twining cities with similar characteristics.

Forming a group of 22 cities from 11 EU countries, Stirling has been paired with Rouen in France, while Edinburgh and Glasgow have been jointly paired with Stockholm in Sweden. Twining visits will take place in 2016, giving each city the chance to showcase adaptation action to date and to learn from those facing similar challenges.
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Scottish Natural Heritage publish adaptation case studies on protecting pinewoods and bog restoration
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have released two new case studies as part of a programme to illustrate its eight climate change adaptation principles. The first study investigates the impact of climate change on Caledonian pinewoods by focusing on the increased risk of diseases, while the second study – carried out jointly with the RSPB – considers bog restoration at Forsinard Flows in Caithness.

These new case studies form part of a suite, showcasing SNH’s work to transform its Adaptation Principles into real changes on the ground. Reports on reversing water pollution in lochs, improving habitat management and enhancing habitat diversity are already available, with further studies planned.
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SEPA launches new interactive flood reporting tool
Report–a-Flood is a new online tool which enables members of the public to share information on current flooding issues, helping to reduce disruption.

Created by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the new site aims to make communities more resilient and improve the efficiency of flood reporting. The public can report incidents of flooding, whether from sea, rivers or in towns, using the tool and SEPA will publish these reports online to increase awareness of local flood impacts and help keep communities moving.
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UK News

UK heritage already suffering due to climate change impacts, warns National Trust
Stately homes, rare book collections and important coastal heritage sites all face a growing risk from climate change, according to a new report by the National Trust . Forecast Changeable highlights the impact more erratic weather is already having on the Trust’s properties and land. This damage has led to insurance claims for severe weather to more than double from 2005 to 2015.

This report follows the release of the Trust’s strategic vision earlier this year, which listed climate change as “the single biggest threat” it faced. Helen Ghosh, Director General of the Trust, explained “[t]he risk of permanent damage to landscape and heritage as a result of not planning for a future with a radically different climate is ever increasing.”
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Cross-government approach and empowered communities essential to climate resilience, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation
A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) recommends closer working between local authorities and communities, coupled with stronger leadership from the Government, to improve climate resilience. Community Resilience to Climate Change: An evidence review’looks at the concept of community resilience and how community action is building resilience in practice.

Developing multi-stakeholder partnerships and involving community members in multi-agency meetings are just some of the recommendations made. The report is complimented by four new case studies exploring flood planning, place-making, local renewable energy and Transition Heathrow.
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International News
 
World leaders gather in Paris for COP21 climate change negotiations
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference is well underway, with leaders from across the globe pushing for a legally binding, universal agreement on tackling climate change. With 25,000 official delegates this will be the biggest climate change conference ever.

Key deals earlier in the year, including between the US and China, have raised hopes of effective agreement. To understand more about the issues at stake and the decision to be made, Carbon Brief have produced an informative infographic which can be accessed here.


Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation announced
Adaptation and how to finance it is one of the key challenges facing negotiators at this year’s COP, however there has already been some success. 

On 02 Dec the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation was signed, bringing together a coalition of nations, international organisations, business and civil society to make water systems more resilient to climate impacts. Representing over $20million in technical assistance and potentially $1billion in financing, this agreement aims to support multiple projects across many countries.
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UNEP success stories: 18 ways people are fighting for the future
To coincide with the Paris COP21 negotiations, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has published eighteen new case studies, showing successful climate action from around the world. 

Covering both adaptation and mitigation measures, the inspiring stories cover diverse subjects, from coastal vulnerability assessments in Cambodia to drought reduction in Uganda.
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Events Diary
AIM Day: Risk and Resilience Edinburgh
27 Jan 2016
Edinburgh
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Climate Resilient Communities Conference
28 Jan 2016
Birmingham
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Flood & Coast 2016:
Risk, Resilience & Response to Climate Change
23-25 February
Telford
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Adaptation Futures 2016
10-13 May 2016
Rotterdam
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