The work assesses the UK’s capacity to adapt to the future challenges of climate change and the degree to which adaptation action is already being taken or planned. The work was commissioned by DEFRA and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to inform the UK’s first National Adaptation Programme report which is expected later this year. The analysis informs policy on nine topics across agriculture, forestry, transport, power, housing, business continuity, health, fisheries and natural flood defences.
The reports conclude that action needs to be taken urgently to ensure the UK is ready for the climate change challenge ahead. Building the UK’s capacity to adapt to future challenges and learning how to adapt effectively over time will be key to that. Whilst some organisations and communities are beginning to prepare and adapt to climate change, others are behind the curve and face significant barriers to making progress. The reports provide a framework to help businesses, other organisations, communities and individuals identify the key obstacles they face in adapting to the threat of climate change and suggest ways these can be overcome, including a set of recommendations for government.
For more information and to download the reports go to - www.randd.defra.gov.uk and follow the path:
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