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CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION Stirling Council’s Approach Angela Heaney SSN Annual Conference 7 November 2013.

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1 CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION Stirling Council’s Approach Angela Heaney SSN Annual Conference 7 November 2013

2 Interpreting the PBD on Adaptation Sustainable Development Strategy, 2006, Objective 1: “The Council will work to reduce the cause and effects of Climate Change in line with national targets” Simplified the Public Bodies Duties language to “a requirement to take action on adaptation” Developed a Weather Impacts Profile Council emissions ca 2% of the area’s; UK emissions ca 2% of the world’s Increasingly likely to overshoot the international target to keep global average temperature rise at 2ºC or less

3 Gaining Corporate Management buy-in Ongoing – need to tackle on a number of fronts & push at any open doors Inclusion in Corporate Risk Register Participation in EU Cities Adapt Project Flag up existing work - don’t need to badge as ‘adaptation’ Emphasise local benefits

4 Risk based approach Failure to discharge Council’s PBD under the Climate Change Act is 1 of 29 strategic risks in the Corporate Risk Register Significant impacts: business/service continuity and financial risks, plus risk of a legal challenge, from the impacts of a changing climate Internal Control: Development of an Adaptation Strategy Treatment Action: Implementing the Strategy Action Plan Progress in implementation managed as part of risk management structure

5 EU Cities Adapt Project European Commission project to provide capacity building & assistance for cities to develop & implement adaptation strategies 21 cities placed in 3 geo-climatic sub-groups Signed up September 2012, final Conference 3 June 2013 Participation required Councillor engagement Support from web-based tutorials, workshops and city site visits to learn from each other through coaching and peer review Draft Adaptation Strategy main output

6 EU Cities Adapt Project – Site Visits Augustenborg Eco-Village, MalmoScandinavian Green Roof Institute

7 Draft Strategy Established a cross-Service Project Task Group Collected contributing activity Generated relevant data Emphasise ‘no regret’ measures Write…consult...re-write… Major incidents in the Stirling Council area, S ince 1992, 17 of the 28 incidents logged were weather-related (61%). Between 1992 and 2001, 3 out of 8 incidents(38%) Between 2002 and 2011, 12 out of 18 incidents(67%). Winter Service Budget - Overspent for every one of the last 6 years by an average £675,830/year. Different types of urban households at risk of 1 in 200 year flood event

8 Challenges Surprisingly poor understanding of adaptation Gaining & maintaining buy-in across the organisation Timescales & need to keep reporting – to the EU Cities Adapt Project Consortium & Provost’s Panel Ensuring immediate line management buy-in Resourcing

9 Next Steps Revise, update & finalise draft More detailed consultation with Services Develop an Action Plan through cross-Service Working Group Aim to put to Committee in June 2014 Delivery, monitoring & reporting progress Engage with Community Planning Partners Community involvement

10 Contact Details Angela Heaney Stirling Council, Environment Services, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling FK7 7SZ T: then use A-Z


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