Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Flagship Action 1: Local authorities in the region working together to build capabilities and deliver collaborative adaptation

Intention Local authorities based in Glasgow City Region will set up a regional forum to work together to build capacity to support adaptation action and look for opportunities to deliver integrated and collaborative adaptation. An early focus will be to develop a common approach to adaptation when implementing programmes and plans, such as Local Outcome Improvement Plans, Community Planning Partnerships, Local Development Plans, Open Space Strategies, flood risk management actions (including flood protection schemes) and capital investment decisions . The forum will collaborate on internal training programmes, including for elected members. A focus will be on sharing tools, guidance and experience on adaptation approaches, climate impacts on operations, and in engaging and equipping others in their organizations to adapt. Over time, this model would be transferred to other sectors, such as higher education and health boards. Outcomes Many of the changes needed for effective adaptation are influenced by, or directly delivered by local authority functions. This includes the support and services to local communities and locally-led activities. Sharing learning and developing consistent practices will better equip local authorities to ensure services, assets and resources are more climate resilient, with adaptation mainstreamed across broader corporate activities and plans. This in turn will lead to increased impact by raising the issue of adaptation to a higher level of awareness, governance and decision-making. This will nurture strong, trusted and supportive relationships between those in the region who are charged with delivering on the adaptation agenda, as well as engendering shifts more widely in these institutions. This cohort of individuals will become part of a network of adaptation champions, supporting the climate-ready vision and ambition to be shared across a range of institutions and actors. Strong adaptive capacity in local authorities is a necessary precondition of being able to engage well with a wider range of stakeholders, individuals and communities, and to enable and equip locally-led action: an essential aspect to support many of the Flagship Actions in the Action Plan. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Adaptation Scotland’s Adaptation Capability Framework and associated Benchmarking Working Group to benchmark and share learning on climate change adaptation. • Potential dedicated programme of training and support for local authorities based in GCR. • The Improvement Service and Architecture & Design Scotland are committed to supporting local government and partner organizations to embed climate change into their improvement activity and planning for recovery from COVID 19.

Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 1 2 7 8 9 10

Key partners All eight local authorities, SSN, Sniffer, Adaptation Scotland, the Improvement Service, COSLA, Architecture & Design Scotland, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire.


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