The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires Scottish Ministers to develop a Scottish Adaptation Programme which addresses the risks identified for Scotland in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. The Programme is required to set out Scottish Ministers objectives in relation to adaptation to climate change, their proposals and policies for meeting those objectives, and the period within which those proposals and policies will be introduced. The Programme is also required to set out the arrangements for wider engagement in meeting those objectives.
A draft Scottish Adaptation Programme has been published for consultation, prior to a final version being laid in the Scottish Parliament. When the first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme is laid before the Scottish Parliament it will also bring into force the requirement under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 for public bodies (as defined by the Act) to exercise their functions in a way that will help deliver the Programme.
A Consultation on the draft Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and its Strategic Environmental Assessment Report is open until 27 September 2013.