Adaptation Finance Resources

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Date added: 07/09/2022

There is a significant shortfall between the finance available for adaptation and the amount required - 'the adaptation finance gap'. These resources aim to support development of the knowledge and skills needed to help to close this gap and successfully finance adaptation projects in Scotland.

Find out more about our adaptation finance resources.

Climate Adaptation Finance: Insights and Opportunities for Scotland

This report builds on barriers identified in our Guide to Climate Adaptation Finance, to identify opportunities for stakeholders in Scotland to address those barriers, and unlock finance for scalable, inclusive adaptation. This report is informed by a series of semi-structured interviews with key informants, alongside a review of relevant literature, news stories, and blogs.

Adaptation Finance Case Study: Craigleith Retail Park Demonstrator

This case study, produced by Paul Watkiss Associates, explores the financing options support the retrofit of blue-green infrastructure in an urban setting. This project developed a potential business model to finance the work, reducing current and future flood risk (and to an extent, future heat risk) whilst increasing property values, footfall, biodiversity and air quality.

Guide to Adaptation Climate Finance

The Guide to Adaptation Climate Finance, developed with our Climate Finance Working Group introduces adaptation finance, identifies current barriers, and aims to support development of the knowledge and skills needed to successfully finance adaptation projects in Scotland. It is relevant for a wide range of sustainability, finance and project development professionals; anyone assessing financing options for climate adaptation related projects. It explores three use cases: public, blended and place-based adaptation finance. A Guide to Adaptation Climate Finance

Developing Adaptation Finance Business Cases

Developing Adaptation Finance Business Cases - case studies and results, was commissioned in collaboration with the working group and produced by Paul Watkiss Associates. It examines the opportunities for public, private, blended and third sector finance for three projects that would have traditionally been public grant financed. The three case studies are:

  • A coastal managed realignment at Inch of Ferryton in the Firth of Forth
  • A flood management project in Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders
  • A community climate resilience project in Uist in the Outer Hebrides

Developing Adaptation Finance Business Cases

Launch webinar

The resources were launched at a webinar on 5 October 2022, chaired by Peter Robinson (former Head of Engineering at Scottish Canals and Chair of the Climate Finance Working Group), and featuring presentations from Ben Connor (Sniffer) and Paul Watkiss (Paul Watkiss Associates) and a panel discussion with Peter Robinson, Paul Watkiss, Louise Wilson (Abundance Investment) and Patrick Jean-Martel (NatureScot). You can download the slides from the webinar and watch the recording below.

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Adaptation_Finance_Case_Study_2023.pdf(PDF format - 1,230.11 KB)
AS_Finance_Webinar_Slides.pdf(PDF format - 1,088.11 KB)

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