Publication - Consultation paper

Scottish climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024: consultation draft

Published: 12 Feb 2019
Directorate:
Energy and Climate Change Directorate
Part of:
Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781787815896

We want to hear your views on Scotland's new five-year climate change adaptation programme to be launched in autumn 2019.

Scottish climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024: consultation draft
Outcome 5: Our natural environment is valued, enjoyed, protected and enhanced and has increased resilience to climate change

Outcome 5: Our natural environment is valued, enjoyed, protected and enhanced and has increased resilience to climate change

Sub-Outcome 5.1: Scotland's biodiversity, ecosystems and landscapes are adaptable to the changing climate

Helping nature to adapt provides us with benefits such as clean water, flood prevention, biodiversity and carbon storage. We will need these benefits increasingly as our climate changes. The policies under this sub-outcome work to support the biodiversity, ecosystems and landscapes of Scotland's natural environment.

Policy Name

Description and Link to Adaptation

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and Route Map to 2020

The Strategy and Route Map aim to protect and restore biodiversity and support healthy ecosystems. Maximising the benefits for Scotland of a diverse natural environment and the services it provides also contributes towards sustainable economic growth.

Scottish Forestry Strategy

The Strategy provides a 10-year framework for action to achieve a 50-year vision for Scotland's woodlands and forests with the principles of sustainable forest management at its core. It will continue to support expansion and management of forests to positively contribute to the quality of our landscapes and to support the functioning of healthy ecosystems and their biodiversity.

Scotland's National Peatland Plan

Published in 2015, this plan proposes building on existing initiatives to secure the sustainable use, management and restoration of peatlands, including proposals for research and awareness raising as well.

Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027

The Strategy sets out how Scotland can continue to be a place where pollinators thrive, along with the actions that are needed to help achieve that objective. Support of pollinators helps support biodiversity in general and increases ecosystem resilience.

Land Use Strategy

The Strategy encourages the development of place-based partnerships for delivering integrated and sustainable land use at a local, catchment and landscape scale. Integrated land use is important in increasing the resilience of the natural environment and promoting adaptive management.

Proposal Name

Description and Link to Adaptation

National Nature Reserves

A proposal to increase understanding and awareness of climate change by engaging people on-site as visitors or volunteers, through social media, and through conservation action such as peatland restoration and native woodland expansion.

National Environmental Monitoring Strategy

A proposal to support the maintenance of long-term monitoring datasets, including the Environmental Change Network sites and initiatives that encourage citizen science.

Protected Areas

A proposal to promote an ecological network approach and improved health of protected sites through collaboration.

Sub-Outcome 5.2: Scotland's natural environment and its contribution to wider societal adaptation is enjoyed, valued and maintained.

As well as providing physical benefits, our natural environment also contributes social benefits. It contributes to our health and well-being, enjoyment of the outdoors, sense of place and who we are as a nation. The policies under this sub-outcome support the wider benefits of the natural environment to the people of Scotland.

Policy Name

Description and Link to Adaptation

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and Route Map to 2020

The Strategy and Route Map aim to protect and restore biodiversity and support healthy ecosystems. These policies will work to connect people with the natural world, enhancing their health and well-being.

Scottish Forestry Strategy

The Strategy provides a 10-year framework for action to achieve a 50-year vision for Scotland's woodlands and forests with the principles of sustainable forest management at its core. It will continue to encourage the use of these places in improving health and well-being, supporting education and encouraging community participation in forestry.

Land Use Strategy

The Strategy encourages the development of place-based partnerships for delivering integrated and sustainable land use at a local, catchment or landscape scale. It includes a focus on connecting communities to the land and positively influencing land use.

Green Infrastructure Fund

The Green Infrastructure Fund aims to improve Scotland's urban environment by increasing and enhancing greenspace in our towns and cities, especially close to areas of multiple deprivation. The Green Infrastructure Fund's vision is that greenspaces in Scotland are multifunctional. They provide improved benefits for communities, help us adapt to and mitigate climate change, increase biodiversity, improve our air quality, manage surface water runoff and reduce flooding.

Walking & Cycling Network

This network will close key gaps, upgrade connecting routes, link to public transport and promote shared use of paths to encourage active travel and enjoyment Scotland's natural landscapes. Changes to Scotland's climate may support this programme as leisure and other outdoor activities may be taken up increasingly by people as the climate warms.

Physical Activity Delivery Plan (Active Scotland Delivery plan)

The Plan sets out actions being taken to encourage and support people to be more active. It specifically helps people from inactive, disadvantaged and other underrepresented groups enjoy the well-being benefits from being outdoors.

Our Natural Health Service Programme

The Natural Health Service supports the health sector to embrace green exercise as part of policy and practice. This will see nature-based health programmes used as part of health promotion and improvement, and encourage healthier lifestyle behaviours. Changes to Scotland's climate may support this programme as leisure and other outdoor activities may be taken up increasingly by people as the climate warms.

Outdoor Learning in Nature

This programme will work with at least 100 schools serving disadvantaged communities to improve local greenspace for regular outdoor learning.

Proposal Name

Description and Link to Adaptation

National Nature Reserves

A proposal to increase understanding and awareness of climate change by engaging people on-site as visitors or volunteers, through social media, and through conservation action such as peatland restoration and native woodland expansion.

Natural Environment - Adaptation Behaviours:

1. Check the weather forecast regularly and always be prepared. Bring plenty of water and seek shade during hot days. Be aware that you may have to adjust your plans in the event of extreme weather events.

2. Get involved in gardening. Increasing or maintaining greenspace can have huge benefits for adaptation. Greenspace increases surface water drainage, and encourages pollinators like bees.

3. Be a sustainable tourist. Enjoy the natural environment that Scotland has to offer and make the most of the opportunities from the changing climate.

Associated Risks (from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017)

Ne1: Risks to species and habitats due to inability to respond to changing climatic conditions

Ne2: Opportunities from new species colonisations

Ne4: Risks to soils from increased seasonal aridity and wetness

Ne5: Risks to natural carbon stores and carbon sequestration

Ne6: Risks to agriculture and wildlife from water scarcity; and flooding

Ne7: Risks to freshwater species from higher water temperatures

Ne9: Risks to agriculture, forestry, landscapes and wildlife from pests, pathogens and invasive species

Ne10: Risks to agriculture, forestry, wildlife and heritage from changes in frequency and/or magnitude of extreme weather and wildfire events

Ne14: Risks and opportunities from changes in landscape character

PB3: Opportunities for increased outdoor activities from higher temperatures


Contact

Email: Gavin.Barrie@gov.scot