Towards climate ready communities

Within Sniffer we often say that no one organisation, business or community will be able to build resilience and adapt to climate change on its own. We need others and others need us.

The same is true for the Adaptation Scotland programme. We’re a small team and our effectiveness in supporting a Climate Ready Scotland depends upon others sharing our messages and working with us to carry them forward within different organisations, sectors and communities. In my experience our most impactful work has come about as a result of working with people who have grasped the significance of adapting to climate change and been a driving force for change within their own spheres of influence.

This is particularly true of our work in supporting climate ready communities. Last Wednesday (7th August) we ran a workshop with organisations and individuals from across Scotland who are at the forefront of pioneering early work to support communities to adapt to climate change. We were also joined by others who are new to the challenges of adapting to climate change but wanting to get involved and help move this area of work forwards.

Climate Ready Communities

Adaptation Scotland’s presentation on our engagement with communities.

Preparing for the workshop was a good opportunity to reflect on the progress that we’ve made over the last couple of years in supporting climate ready communities. This includes work to develop a programme of workshops to support community adaptation planning, consultation workshops with vulnerable individuals and support groups and, the early development of the Are You Ready? resource. Take a look at our Prezi presentation for a full overview of all the work that has been undertaken.

The aim of the workshop was to help develop a climate ready communities route map – it’s about finding ways of enabling communities from many different starting points. We know that some communities will want to develop their own local adaptation plans and lead on implementing actions and we want to find ways of supporting them. We also know that for many communities becoming ‘climate ready’ isn’t top of their agenda and may never be. In these cases we want to find ways of helping communities to become climate ready as part of addressing the issues that matter most to them.

The discussion sessions and feedback from the workshop will be invaluable in helping move forward with supporting communities to adapt to climate change. We’ll be providing details of next steps in the next few weeks and look forward to progressing many of the ideas suggested at the workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to attend.

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