Climate Risk, Resilience and Adaptation - what does the government need to do to prepare for climate change?
With record breaking temperatures, recent flash floods and increasing rainfall, the UK needs to adapt to a range of climate impacts in the future, especially as these will occur even if warming is kept to the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5°C
The UK needs to prepare for the possible impacts of climate change, with the Climate Change Committee (CCC) recommending that it would be practical to prepare for a 4°C future temperature rise. However, as Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee, Baroness Brown states, adaptation is currently the “Cinderella” of climate change, “under-resourced, underfunded and often ignored”.
The event will take place as a panel discussion, covering key questions such as what are the main climate risks the UK faces; how well is the UK Government currently doing at preparing for climate impacts and building resilience; and what are the next steps for the Government to make progress on adaptation, in preparation for the Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (2022) and the next National Adaptation Plan (2023).
Wera Hobhouse MP, Vice Chair of the APPCCG and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency and Energy
Professor Richard Betts MBE, Chair in Climate Impacts, University of Exeter and Head of Climate Impacts, Met Office
Richard Millar, Head of Adaptation, Climate Change Committee
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency
Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer, RSPB
Policy Connect has recently added adaptation as a new sector to the Climate Policy Dashboard highlighting the equal importance of adaptation and mitigation in reaching net zero.
The overall average progress score of the adaptation priority areas is currently ranked 4/10 which is insufficient/on the way to world leading adaptation policy.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Project Co-ordinator for Sustainability, Nazza Ahmed at Nazza.Ahmed [at] policyconnect.org.uk