How can we adapt

Adaptation is a long-term challenge, but there are simple things to help get started.

Take stock of work you and your colleagues are already doing that contributes to climate resilience but isn’t necessarily called ‘adaptation’, for example, flood risk management, biodiversity action planning and urban greening programmes.

Communicate the many benefits of adaptation – how can it help you to achieve multiple objectives such as improving health and wellbeing, employment, education and tourism?

Identify who can help, inside and outside your organisation. Collaborative working is essential to the success of adaptation, helping to identify shared risks and cost-effective solutions.

Adaptation must be at the heart of existing organisational processes such as risk management, business continuity planning and emergency planning. Failing to embed adaptation will lead to it being seen as an ‘optional extra’ which does not inform decision making.

We need to implement flexible, sustainable adaptation responses so we do not lock ourselves into a single future climate pathway, cause negative side effects or limit the ability of future generations to adapt.

For detailed guidance on how to plan for adaptation, read Adaptation Scotland’s “Five steps to managing your climate risks”.

For more inspiration, visit our case studies page.