Scotland’s Adaptation Capability Framework awarded top Climate Resilience prize

The Adaptation Capability Framework has won the Climate Resilience and Adaptation prize at The IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards. The award recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative programmes, and approaches to climate change adaptation.

Ruth Wolstenholme, Sniffer’s Managing Director and Adaptation Scotland Programme Director responded to the news:

“We are absolutely delighted. Winning this award is further recognition of what we believe to be an innovative, wide-reaching, practical and highly impactful resource. Its benefits have been demonstrated through the progress made by Scottish public sector organisations since its launch and indicate the potential application in other countries.”

“The public sector has a crucial role to play in enabling Scotland to adapt to climate change. Taking a strong, proactive approach will ensure that vital public assets, infrastructure and services are fit for current and future generations and able to deliver positive outcomes across society.

“Feedback from the benchmarking working group confirms that the ACF is changing the way that organisations adapt and is unlocking new opportunities to drive progress.”

Alan Gale, Adaptation Programme Manager at Forestry and Land Scotland praised the Framework:

"It has really helped our organisation to identify the key actions to help us mature in terms of climate change adaptation, and because its written for public sector organisations in Scotland it strongly aligns with Scottish Government policies and priorities."

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Scotland’s climate is already changing – as it is across the world - and taking action to adapt and build resilience to this challenge is a vital part of a green recovery from COVID-19.

“The Adaptation Capability Framework has been endorsed and adopted by major organisations and networks across Scotland and I am pleased it has received this recognition from IEMA and look forward to the framework continuing to have a positive impact across our public sector.”

The IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards which took place on 18 September, recognise the people and businesses that are transforming the world to sustainability. The annual ceremony, held online for the first time this year, showcase the achievements of organisations striving to tackle the global challenges of the climate and environmental emergency. IEMA is the professional body for people working in environment and sustainability.

Adaptation Scotland is a programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by sustainability charity, Sniffer. The team offer ongoing support to organisations using the resource, with regular webinars and other resources produced to help organisations on their adaptation journey. See all our resources at