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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16960: Graeme Dey (Angus South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 30 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when the annual progress report on the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme will be published.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 May 2018

The Scottish Government published its fourth Climate Change Adaptation Annual Report today.

The Report sets out the context for climate adaptation in Scotland, highlighting that we are already experiencing climate change, that there are a range of future risks and opportunities, and that we have a developing evidence base that is informing action.

The Report provides a summary of the core content of the Programme, the highlights to date, and the findings of the first Independent Assessment of the Programme in 2016. Finally, this Report refers to the development of Scotland’s second five-year Adaptation Programme which is to be published in 2019.

The Fourth Annual Report highlights include the latest on flood management, the Peatland ACTION Fund, the new Climate Change Plan’s commitments on woodland creation, the Fourth UK Forestry Standard 2017, a new Centre of Expertise in Plant Health launched in February 2018, Scotland’s National Coastal Change Assessment, Historic Environment Scotland’s climate change risk assessment, Green Infrastructure Fund, A82 Steep Ground Harvesting Project, Edinburgh Adapts, Aberdeen Adapts, Climate Ready Business, NHS Scotland Climate Change Risk Assessment Tool, and the third European Climate Change Adaptation Conference held in Glasgow.

Copies of the Annual Report have been placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, laying number SG/2018/74.