Published on March 10, 2014
Climate Change Adaptation work in Flintshire Our Story so far Erica Mackie Policy Advisor
What this presentation covers » Background » What we tested » Lessons learnt » What we found » Where are we now » Next steps » Some of the challenges ahead
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire Aim – Climate Adaptation Planning and Resilience » Pilot project as part of WLGA Sustainable Development framework » Asked - What does a changing climate mean for services and communities of Flintshire? » What needs to change to adapt now and for the future?
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire What we tested » Used existing tools e.g. Local Climate Impact Profiles (LCLIP) and Business Area Climate Impact Tools (BACLIAT) What we envisaged » Enhanced strategic planning and service delivery by mapping likely impacts and consequences
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire What we tested » The tools LCLIP and BACLIAT » How to consider community risk » Consequences and spatial impact and systemic risk » The reality of community well being – ‘game changers’, ‘cross cutting’, it has more than one home » Explored evidence base and organisational readiness » Understanding and capacity for collaborative approaches to adaptation
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire What we found » No single organisation can prepare adaptation plans on their own. » The LCLIP provided a sound evidence base » The BACLIAT – not as useful as it did not address ‘knitting together’ the strategic canopy. Finger pointing! Lack of understanding with mitigation/business continuity.
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire Key Lessons learnt - Adaptation is still difficult territory because it challenges (still) » Status quo – business as usual » Professional territories Carefully laid plans that organisations and officials are attached to. » Difference between mitigation, business continuity and adaptation
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire Where are we now? » Adaptation Planning is part of Single Integrated Plan – Priority 4 : Carbon Reduction and Adaptation Planning » 5 Strategic Shared Risks have been identified » Infrastructure » Natural Resource Systems » The Economy » Our Communities » Our Systems
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire What these risks mean » Integrating policy/strategies to support adaptation planning. » Improving the resilience of existing development and infrastructure to the impacts of a changing climate. » Promoting new development and infrastructure to be designed, located and constructed for a climate it will need to tolerate over its lifespan. » Reducing social inequality including health » Promoting adaptation of the natural environment. » Assisting public sector and institutions to integrate climate change planning in their business planning cycles » To prepare business, and town and community councils for a changing climate.
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire » Working on two risks – Critical Infrastructure » Infrastructure because all organisations of the LSB rely on it and » Assets because we all have them.
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire » Have 2 fora for these risks that go beyond the LSB partners e.g. utilities, water etc » These fora explored » What we needed to know in order to provide an adaptation solution » Did we have evidence? » Did we have sufficient understanding? » How could we go forward? » Would we be able to ‘cost’ solutions?
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire » Next Steps » Single Integrated Plan to be validated at next LSB meeting (April 2014) » Going forward - over the period of the plan » Continue collaborative working is essential as no single organisation can implement adaptation planning without it having an effect on other organisations. » Retain cooperation and commitment of partners is fundamental to understanding the holistic financial implications of extreme weather events. » On a rolling programme explore the vulnerability of the remaining risks. » Continue to ensure that the risk of climate change is managed. » Monitor progress against Infrastructure and Assets » Start to explore reporting through systems of partners.
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire Supporting this by » Realising we must consider probability, consequence and vulnerably » Considering frequency and intensity » Have developed a prioritising matrix to ensure holistic approach to adaptation » Must ensure not to recommend Mal Adaptation! » Have a plan………………….. An overview and some operational actions to start the planning process » Realising this could make difficult recommendations
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire » Challenges and uncertainties still to face » National Direction – to enable us to make difficult recommendations and to spend well! » Conflict of shoreline management plan – hold the line » Rail network intentions » Local Resilience Forum including adaptation » Mergers of Local Councils » Calculating cost and benefit – across organisations » Pacify the doubters » Provide ‘no fear’ messages
Climate Change Adaptation in Flintshire » The story hasn’t got to the final chapter yet….. So we don’t know if we have a happy ending! » Thank you » Any questions?
Dear Flintshire Council, 1) Do you have a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and/or Policy (or similar)? If so please attach.
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