Edinburgh Adapts - identifying adaptation actions for the capital

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Date added: 26/08/2016

Helping Edinburgh meet the challenges of a changing climate

Edinburgh Adapts is a joint initiative by Adaptation Scotland and the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership (ESDP).

In 2014 the ESDP published the Resilient Edinburgh Climate Change Adaptation Framework. Based on detailed research, the framework set out the risks and opportunities faced by the city as a result of climate change. With the risks and opportunities identified, the city needed a way to co-ordinate and plan effective adaptation action to ensure Edinburgh was prepared for the changes to come.

Beginning in spring 2015, Adaptation Scotland supported the ESDP in co-developing a framework to achieve its aim of creating a city-wide Action Plan and Vision to drive Edinburgh’s adaptation journey. Drawing on experience of previous place-based adaptation projects, such as our work with the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, Adaptation Scotland started by setting up a Task Group of ESDP members to help design a set of engagement activities. Through a series of five stakeholder workshops and additional one-to-one meetings, we gathered over fifty stakeholders from businesses, public agencies and community organisations and helped them lay the foundations for the city’s first adaptation action plan and vision. You can read more about the process of creating the action plan and vision in this case study.

The first Edinburgh Adapts Action Plan and Vision were published in December 2016. The Action Plan runs from 2016-2020 and contains over 100 committed adaptation actions. The Vision looks even further; setting out the project partners’ adaptation aims for two key landmark dates, 2025 and 2050, and illustrates the benefits of becoming a climate ready city. Both documents are available to download below.

A dedicated Steering Group drawn from key actors in the action plan has now taken over leadership of the project, with Adaptation Scotland continuing to provide advice and guidance. This Steering Group will report progress on the Action Plan to the ESDP, ensuring the city’s adaptation agenda is self-owned and self-directed.

Building on the success of Edinburgh Adapts, we have now started a new place-based adaptation project in Aberdeen, which you can read about here.

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Developing a city wide adaptation vision and action plan

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