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Priorities for climate adaptation and resilience in the UK

Organisation Westminster Forum Projects
Date 28th September 2023 08:30 AM (GMT)

This conference will assess priorities for climate change adaptation and building resilience in the UK.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the third National Adaptation Programme (NAP3), which was published by the UK Government in July 2023, and with applications opening in 2024.

Discussion will centre on the requirements for implementing and delivering enhanced resilience and adaptation. Delegates will examine the vulnerabilities of key sectors and regions within the UK, assess the progress made, and identify unresolved issues related to bolstering resilience. They will also consider what further actions are necessary to ensure the successful implementation of adaptation strategies.

Delegates will also consider priorities for improving the public’s understanding of risk and resilience, looking at strategies for engagement and frameworks for collaboration with communities.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Baroness Brown, Chair, Adaptation Committee, Climate Change Committee; Dan McCartney, Head of Climate Adaptation, Defra; Dr Candice Howarth, Co-Director, Place-Based Climate Action Network; and Professor Suraje Dessai, Climate Change Adaptation, University of Leeds.

The discussion takes place against the backdrop of:

the 2023 Climate Change Committee’s adaptation progress report to Parliament, finding that the Second National Adaptation Programme did not sufficiently prepare the UK for climate change, and that setbacks in the past year have cost the UK in global leadership
IPCC’s AR6 reports providing insight into latest climate change impacts and underscoring the necessity of mitigation and adaptation measures. These reports also highlight current progress and policy gaps in these areas, and acknowledge that some climate change-related losses and damages are inevitable
the World Meteorological Organization’s report from May 2023, warning that the global temperature rise could temporarily reach 1.5°C within the next five years
the experience of extreme weather conditions in the UK during 2022

Overall, areas for discussion in the agenda include:

implementation: issues and priorities for the Third National Adaptation Programme – what is required from policy and stakeholder action to achieve UK resilience and appropriate adaptation
key vulnerabilities: nature and ecosystems – food and health – utilities and infrastructure – society and the economy – how resilience can be strengthened
public awareness: attitudes of vulnerabilities and risk – support for adaptation measures – priorities for engagement – building community resilience – support for the most vulnerable investment: assessing funding of climate adaptation and resilience – the scale of finance required and how it can be provided – strategies for securing private finance
overcoming challenges: addressing barriers and pathways for successful adaptation – impact of unavoidable climate change, losses and damages – the roles of key stakeholders
monitoring: utilising latest international research and IPCC reports – priorities for innovation – monitoring and assessment of progress

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Cabinet Office; CCC; CCS; DAERA, NI; DAFM, ROI; DBT; DCMS; Defra; Department for Infrastructure, NI; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Finance, NI; DESNZ; DfE; DfT; DHSC; DLUHC; FCDO; Forestry Commission; GLD; HM Treasury; Homes England; HSE; Isle of Man Government; MCA; MOD; MOJ; NAO; NIC; OBR; OEP; OLS; ONS; Ofwat; OGP; ORR; Planning Inspectorate; Transport Scotland; UKEF; UKIB; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government, as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

Price per delegate: £260 plus VAT
Venue: ***Taking place Online – delegates will receive full information and guidance on how to take part***

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