Preparing for climate change: a new National Adaptation Programme

2.00pm - 4.00pm
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A panel discussion on how the new National Adaptation Programme, to be published in 2018, can ensure the UK is resilient to climate change


Mary Creagh MP Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee


Prof. Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee

Liz Parkes Deputy Director, Climate Change and Business Services, Environment Agency

Dr. Mike Morecroft Principal Specialist, Climate Change, Natural England

Dr Jason Lowe, Head of Climate Services for Government, Met Office

Dr Richard Benwell, Head of Government Affairs, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

In 2018, Defra will publish a new National Adaptation Programme.

The NAP, first published in 2013, sets out the steps that Government, businesses and our society will take in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the UK.

The greatest threats from climate change include risks such as flooding and coastal change, future water shortages, new and emerging pests and diseases, high temperatures, threats to natural capital and impacts on the global food system. In order to adequately address these risks, the Committee on Climate Change have called on Government to ensure that 2018's NAP is more ambitious. It must be strengthened, with policies that make a measurable difference and with clearer mechanisms to track progress.

But what does this mean in practice? What does an ambitious NAP look like, and how can we achieve it? This event will seek to answer these questions by joining Parliamentarians with experts from across the policy landscape in order to examine this issue and outline a vision for what the new NAP should look like.

Read the summary of the meeting here. Slides available here.