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Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change is already affecting Scotland, with increases in average temperatures, sea level and annual rainfall.

Scotland’s unique geography creates both resilience and vulnerabilities to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change according to the first independent assessment of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme.  The report by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change was commissioned by the Scottish Government and laid before the Scottish Parliament on 27 September 2016.  As part of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017, the ASC has produced a national Summary for Scotland.

Key recent developments in climate change adaptation in Scotland include: new climate adaptation indicators, new public bodies reporting duties, a new National Centre for Resilience, Scotland’s Flood Risk Management Plan , our Mapping Flood Disadvantage report, the National Coastal Change Assessment, a Risk Assessment of Historic Environment Scotland's Estate and the EU consultation on its Adaptation Strategy.


Following the publication in 2009 of Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Framework, Scotland’s first statutory Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme was published in May 2014.  The Programme was informed by the responses from a public consultation which ran between June and September 2013, scrutiny of the draft programme by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, and a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment.