Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-2024

Closed 9 Apr 2019

Opened 12 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 9 May 2019

We Asked

Scotland’s climate is warming, the growing season is getting longer, and we are facing more extreme weather and rising sea levels. We need to safeguard our future by adapting to these changes. Programme for Government 2018 committed us to develop a new five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme for Scotland.
 
We asked to hear your views on the new Programme: its vision, outcomes, sub-outcomes and the policies in place to deliver these, as well as how we should monitor progress.

You Said

We received 73 consultation responses from 58 organisations, including Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow, and 15 individuals.
 
Respondents said they want to see the vision for the Programme convey a strong sense of urgency and ambition, in line with the climate emergency, and link to urgent mitigation action.
 
The responses strongly supported key features of the new Programme - linking to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Scotland’s National Performance Framework; an outcome-based approach; the establishment of a National Forum for adaptation; the inclusion of behaviour change; the integration of monitoring and evaluation from the outset; and the content of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Report.
 
Responses had many constructive suggestions on making the Programme as cross-cutting and effective as possible. Views on the seven high-level outcomes and the list of supporting policies were generally supportive with many suggestions for additional policies reflecting specific sectoral interests.

We Did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses (links below). We will build on the significant achievements of the past decade and we will use your feedback to develop the Programme for launch later in 2019.

Results Updated 9 May 2019

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Published Responses

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Overview

Scotland’s climate is warming, the growing season is getting longer, and we are facing more extreme weather and rising sea levels. We need to adapt to these changes, reduce risks and take advantage of new opportunities to safeguard our future and bring wide-ranging benefits to everyone in Scotland. We will build on the significant achievements of the past decade by continuing to strengthen the resilience of our communities, society, economy and environment to the effects of climate change.

Why We Are Consulting

Programme for Government 2018 committed us to develop a new five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme for Scotland. The new Adaptation Programme will build on progress made under our 2009 Adaptation Framework and our 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 our independent advisers, the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.

We want to hear your views on the draft Programme: its vision, outcomes, sub-outcomes and the policies in place to deliver these, as well as how we should monitor progress. We will use your feedback to develop the Programme for launch in autumn 2019.

Download the consultation paper.

Download the Strategic Enviromental Assessment report.

What Happens Next

Your resonses to this consultation will help us finalise our new outcomes-based five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme and its visions, outcomes and policies.

Interests

  • Environment and Climate Change