Annex A: Summary of Significant Achievements of The 2014 Programme
Significant achievements and developments in climate change adaptation to date in Scotland, highlighted by previous Annual Progress Reports, include:
- Significantly improved data on coastal change with Scotland's National Coastal Change Assessment.
- Progress by the Peatland Action Fund and Climate Change Plan commitments to restoring large areas of peatland.
- Climate Change Plan commitments to increasing forestry.
- New Forestry Strategy and Fourth edition of UK Forestry Standard.
- SNH's Green Infrastructure Fund.
- Appointment of Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland in 2017 and launch of the Centre of Expertise in Plant Health in 2018.
- In May 2019, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service announced a new approach to preventing wildfires.
Buildings and Infrastructure
- £42 million Scottish Government funding pledged annually to 2026 for local authority flood protection schemes.
- Scotland's Flood Risk Management Framework.
- SEPA's updated National Flood Risk Assessment.
- Comprehensive programme of engagement on flood risk, including RiverTrack flood alert projects.
- Mapping Flood Disadvantage report.
- National Centre for Resilience.
- Programme for Government commitment on Blue-Green Cities and investment in the Scottish Storm Water Management Strategy.
- The more resilient Queensferry Crossing, the biggest infrastructure project in Scotland in a generation.
- A82 Steep Ground Harvesting Project.
- Climate Change Plan commitments to improving the energy performance of our housing stock.
- Risk Assessment of Historic Environment Scotland's Estate with 336 properties in care.
- Historic Environment Scotland's Engine Shed building conservation centre.
- Climate risk assessments by every NHS Board.
- Estates review by the University of St Andrews.
- In May 2019, SNH published Looking ahead – planning for coastal change.
- Strong adaptation focus of key public bodies and publicly-owned companies: SEPA, Scottish Water, the NHS in Scotland, SNH, Scottish Forestry, Historic Environment Scotland, Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland.
- Collaborative regional and city partnerships: Climate Ready Clyde, Edinburgh Adapts, Aberdeen Adapts and Levenmouth Adapts.
- NHS Scotland climate change risk assessment process.
- ClimateXChange, Health Facilities Scotland and Health Protection Scotland scoping study on overheating risks in buildings housing vulnerable people.
- A move from voluntary to mandatory public bodies reporting duties.
- The many activities and resources of the Adaptation Scotland support programme delivered by sustainability charity Sniffer funded under contract to the Scottish Government.
- Adaptation Scotland's guidance for public sector and business sector, and adaptation VIBES (Scottish Environment Business) Award.
- Climate adaptation indicators.
- The appointment of Adaptation Research Fellowships to help address research priorities.
- Adaptation plan at Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve.
- British-Irish Council Environment Work Sector collaboration on adaptation.
- The Scottish Government's Climate Justice Fund support for adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa's most climate-vulnerable communities.
- EU consultation on its Adaptation Strategy.
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