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Edinburgh Adapts 2016-2020

The Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership in collaboration with Adaptation Scotland have produced Edinburgh Adapts 2016-2020, the city’s first climate change action plan that aims to help the city prepare for and adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

More than 40 key stakeholders from across Edinburgh were involved in developing Edinburgh Adapts, which was launched on 1 December by Councillor Lesley Hinds, Chair of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership, Ruth Monfries, Chair of the Edinburgh Adapts Steering Group, and Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Edinburgh Adapts builds on the Resilient Edinburgh Climate Change Adaptation Framework, which was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee in 2014, and provides a platform for bringing together adaptation activity from across the city.

In line with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, actions aim to respond to climate changes which, if current trends continue as projected, will result in warmer, drier summers and milder, wetter winters.

As well as ensuring overall governance of adaptation in the city, the plan aims to protect and enhance Edinburgh’s wildlife and green spaces, providing nature-based solutions to climate-related problems. Planning and development play a key role in ensuring the city adapts, including the use of green infrastructure to offset predicted changes in weather and rainfall and naturalising flood prevention measures when feasible. Actions involving working with communities and raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on local areas are also integral to the plan.

Its progress will be overseen by a steering group including representatives from the Council, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Edinburgh Living Landscapes, The University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh College, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh World Heritage and Adaptation Scotland. 

In conjunction with Edinburgh Adapts, Our Vision for a Climate Ready Edinburgh has been developed by partners which, aims to tell the story of Edinburgh’s adaptation journey, first in 2025 and then in 2050.

07 December 2016

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