Section four - adaptation

The global climate is changing and this is impacting how we live and work in Scotland. We are already experiencing increases in autumn and winter rainfall, increased heavy rainfall, sea level rise and long term increases in temperature across all seasons. These changes are impacting all areas of life and will pose an increasing challenge in the future.

Taking early action to assess risks and adapt to the impacts of climate change will safeguard assets, infrastructure, services, communities and business continuity.

This section of the reporting template should be used to report progress towards adapting to climate change and documenting how climate change adaptation is integrated into functions and services.


The following resources are available to support the completion of section four of the report

This video was recorded during the 2016 Climate Change Reporting training.  The video content is very similar but not identical to the 2017 workshop, so please note – you may see some minor differences between the slides available on this page and the slides shown on the video. If you have any questions then please contact the SSN team.

Other Resources

Adapt ME toolkit (Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation) UKCIP

Organisations that have undertaken adaptation activities face the challenge of evaluating what worked, what didn’t, how and why. This toolkit offers practical support in evaluating adaptation progress and performance, and enhances Step 5 of the UKCIP Adaptation Wizard (Monitor and Review).


5 Steps to Managing your Climate Risks

The “Five steps” provides operational guidance to managing climate risks and has been developed by Adaptation Scotland in collaboration with public bodies from across Scotland. The guidance takes into account legislative changes and builds on recent adaptation planning successes in Scotland. “Five steps to managing your climate risks” help public bodies to develop arrangements to manage climate risks as required by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. These arrangements recognise the work already happening in your organisation to manage climate risks, and will be used as a basis to identify further cost-saving actions, for example, by working with communities and community planning partners.


UKCIP Climate Adaptation Wizard

The Wizard is a 5-step process to help you assess your organisation’s vulnerability to current climate and future climate change, identify options to address your organisation’s key climate risks, and help you develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy. The Wizard is also a guide to information, tools and resources to help you.


Adaptation Scotland Case Studies

Case Studies on adaptation projects from across the public and private sector can be viewed on the Adaptation Scotland website. They are written to be practical and give a sense of how the projects can be replicated in other locations and organisations.


Adaptation Scotland’s top reporting tips:


  1. Make sure you know the difference between adaptation and mitigation before you start completing the adaptation section. You might find it helpful to take a look at Adaptation Scotland’s climate ready places tool which explains climate change impacts and shows the difference between unadapted and adapting places.
  1. You will find it easier to complete the adaptation section of the reporting template if you are familiar with the basic principles of adaptation planning. Familiarise yourself with the adaptation planning process set out in Five Steps to Managing Climate Risks – almost all of the reporting questions in the adaptation section relate to the steps included in this guidance.
  1. If you haven’t done an assessment to current or future climate risks, (don’t worry!) say you haven’t and if or when you plan to do one.
  1. If referencing plans or strategies, either provide a page number or pull out the relevant text and paste into the report so the reviewer can check the reference.
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