Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report









Benefit of adaptation





SSP2–RCP4.5 no adaptation

SSP2–RCP4.5 WITH adaptation

Fig.9. The benefits of adaptation for Glasgow City Region GDP, medium emission. Source: COACCH.

Glasgow City Region has started to manage climate risks and plan early responses, in line with the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme but much more is required to ensure we are climate ready by 2030 and on course to flourish in our future climate. The good news is that Climate Ready Clyde recognizes these challenges and is committed to addressing them with an inclusive and fair approach. We must act fast. It will require leadership, new governance mechanisms and funding regimes, and an explicit emphasis on addressing the current inequalities and inherent unfairness of climate change risks. The results will include benefits for our health and well-being, our economic prosperity and our way of life.

1.6 Delivering ‘Just Resilience’ Implicit throughout this Strategy and Action Plan is a focus on just resilience. Scotland is developing its approach to a ‘just transition’ – making sure the transition to environmentally and socially sustainable jobs, sectors and economies, is done in a way which makes all possible efforts to create decent, fair and high value work, and does not negatively affect the current workforce and overall economy. For adaptation, it is equally important to ensure just resilience; addressing the social and economic inequalities created by the exposure to climate risk and the ability to deal with them. Achieving just resilience will ensure the benefits of our region’s adaptation are widely and equitably shared. Ensuring we include a balance of interventions for the region, that includes targeted action towards the most vulnerable, involves several considerations. It is important to recognize that wider social and economic factors, such as the gender, ethnicity, age, disabilities, other protected characteristics, housing tenure and income all affect how people are impacted by climate change. These wider social and economic determinants should be addressed as part of adaptation responses. A good example is how SEPA has assessed the factors of vulnerability to flooding to prioritize investment in flood risk management. It could also mean developing new heatwaves plans in a way which makes sure all groups affected, and particularly vulnerable groups, are not overlooked.


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