Climate change - draft Scottish National Adaptation Plan 3: consultation

Closed 24 Apr 2024

Opened 31 Jan 2024


The effects of climate change are already being felt by people in Scotland. That is why, as well as reducing emissions, we must also take steps adapt to climate change.

This consultation seeks your views on the Scottish Government's draft plan for adapting to climate change (Scottish National Adaptation Plan 2024-29). 

Read the consultation paper. The consultation paper contains full background information for this consultation, including a summary with key policy proposals. You may find it useful to read or refer to while responding.

What is adapting to climate change?

Challenges like heatwaves, flooding, and accelerating sea level rise are affecting our countryside, towns, and cities, and we know these changes we are seeing now will only increase in the future.

To protect our communities, we need our places to adjust to the effects of climate change, and to reduce our need for coal, oil, and gas to limit further damage.

Adjusting to the current and future effects of climate change is 'climate adaptation'.

Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from coal, gas and other sources is 'climate mitigation'. Scotland's target is to reach net zero emissions by 2045.

Why your views matter

We are all living with climate change. Coastal erosion, storms, flooding, wildfires and drought are putting increasing pressure on our everyday lives.

These impacts change a lot depending on where you live. An island community in the Outer Hebrides will experience climate change differently to a community on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow.

Local and lived experience is fundamental to shaping an effective response to climate change and its impacts. 

Your views will help ensure the final Adaptation Plan in Autumn 2024 is reflective of your priorities. 

Useful information about responding to this consultation

As you complete your response, each page will provide the option to 'Save and come back later' at the bottom. This means you can save your progress and return to the consultation at any time before it closes. If you don't use this feature and leave the consultation midway through, your response will be lost.

Once you have submitted your response, you can enter your email address to get a pdf copy of your answers sent to you.

On the 'About You' page at the end of this consultation, organisations will have the opportunity to tell us more about their work and/or how their response was informed.

After the consultation has closed there will be a few months delay before any responses are published. This is because we must check any responses to be published abide by our Terms of Use.

A analysis report will usually be published some months after the consultation has closed. This report will summarise the findings based on all responses submitted. It will be published on the Scottish Government website and you may be notified about it if you choose to share your email address with us. 



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