Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Glasgow City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Flagship Action 13: Independent expert advisory committee on adaptation and climate resilience Intention An independent advisory committee will be convened to provide an authoritative source of information on future climate change and its potential impacts to input into key decision in the region. The committee will draw on applied research and knowledge, from academic institutions in Glasgow City Region, and nationally, to ensure independent, evidence-based research and advice informs wider regional development. The committee will act as an interface, to broker knowledge, understanding and facilitate a dialogue between the research and policy communities. As well as providing advice, the advisory committee would explore gaps in knowledge and help to formulate critical questions to interrogate, enhance and apply existing research, and to commission small research pieces where relevant. It will include consideration of the synergies and trade-offs with net-zero, and over time, the scope could also be broadened to address net-zero. The proposals should be developed working closely with ClimateXChange to build on their experience of connecting research and policy. Outcomes Drawing on the input of leading academic institutions and universities working in the field of climate risk and resilience can ensure that those operating in Glasgow City Region make better informed decisions. While we have sufficient information and knowledge to act, research and innovation can inform and improve our decisions and actions. An advisory committee that can facilitate the interface between policy and research, can help climate-proof policy, and develop the system-wide approach to ensure that adaptation is aligned and mainstreamed. Equally the research community will provide expertise and knowledge that is relevant, required and responds practically to broader societal needs and policy aspirations. Over time, this process should also lead to higher impact research on adaptation. The advisory committee can help to build the case for change regionally and nationally around new, innovative projects, demonstrators and programmes over time, which will help to inform and build an adaptation economy, with the necessary skills, norms and practices. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • The UK Committee on Climate Change – with extensive experience in advising governments • ClimateXChange – the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise on climate change has significant experience in commissioning research to ensure better informed decision-making • Existing City and Regional Advisory Committees – cities and regions around the world have set-up similar committees to help them make more climate resilience decisions in development.

Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 10

Key partners ClimateXChange, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, Architecture & Design Scotland


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