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Scotland details first plans to respond to the effects of climate change

by ClickGreen staff. Published Thu 29 May 2014 19:29
Scottish Government provides plan to cope with climate change effects
Scottish Government provides plan to cope with climate change effects

The Scottish Government has published details of its first ever statutory Climate Change Adaptation Programme.

Following a public consultation and scrutiny of the draft Programme, Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed plans for Climate Ready Scotland in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

The aim of the document is to increase the resilience of Scotland’s people, environment and economy to the impacts of a changing climate.

The Adaptation Programme addresses the key impacts identified for Scotland in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment:

• The natural environment – looking at risks identified for agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services, flooding and coastal erosion, forestry, marine and fisheries

• Buildings and infrastructure networks – looking at the risks to the built environment, energy, transport and water

• Society – the risks to health and wellbeing, emergency rescue services and businesses.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “The latest evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sends the strongest warning yet that human activity is changing the global climate and this is something the Scottish Government takes extremely seriously.

“We are already seeing evidence of Scotland’s changing climate. Over the last few decades our climate has warmed, sea-levels have risen, rainfall patterns have changed and we have been impacted by extreme weather events.

"As recently as this past winter, Scotland experienced the devastating effects extreme weather can bring and this is why we have put well developed resilience arrangements in place to help minimise their impacts.

“Mitigation of climate change is undoubtedly of high importance – that’s why our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set out in the Act are the most ambitious in the world. But equally, adaptation is crucial. We must be as prepared and resilient as possible to deal with the impacts of climate change here in Scotland.

“Our first statutory Climate Change Adaptation Programme is an important document for our future and our environment. It contains a comprehensive package of measures clearly outlining our on-going commitment to ensuring we are doing everything possible to help increase the resilience of Scotland’s people, environment and economy to the impacts of a changing climate.

“Clearly, though, climate change is not something the Scottish Government can tackle alone - we all have a role to play in ensuring Scotland is well prepared and resilient to change.”



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