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Climate Change Adaptation Programme Consultation

13 February 2019

Have your say on Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on a new Climate Change Adaptation Programme over the next six weeks. Programme for Government 2018 committed the Scottish Government to develop a new, five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme. The new Adaptation Programme will build on progress made under the 2009 Adaptation Framework and the first statutory Adaptation Programme in 2014. The new Programme will take into account the latest Climate Change Risk Assessment published in 2017 and assessments of the current Programme by independent advisers, the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.

Anna Marte Bergseng from ClimateXChange said, "Ministers want the second Adaptation Programme to deliver a step change in collaboration, and emphasise the wider co-benefits of climate action. The proposed programme builds on previous sector and risk-based approaches and is outcomes-based, connecting to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Scotland’s National Performance Framework. For the first time, Scotland’s Adaptation Programme will also explore adaptation behaviour change – how individuals, communities and businesses make the most important choices in respect of our changing climate.

"Scotland’s first statutory five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme, Climate Ready Scotland, was published in May 2014. The programme was designed to address over 130 climate impacts through over 150 individual policies. It is a requirement of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 that Scottish Ministers report annually on progress on the current Adaptation Programme; the Fourth Annual Report was published in May 2018. Adaptation has been increasingly integrated into the Scottish Government’s and public bodies’ regular business."

ClimateXChange has worked closely with the Scottish Government on developing a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess progress towards the seven high level outcomes. Read more about monitoring and evaluating adaptation action here.

The Scottish Government wants to hear diverse views on the draft Programme: its vision, outcomes, sub-outcomes and the policies in place to deliver these, as well as how they should monitor progress. Your feedback will be used to develop the Programme for launch in autumn 2019 – have your say by Tuesday 9 April 2019. Or contact for more information.

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