European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA-2017) | 5-9 June 2017 | Glasgow, Scotland, UK

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA-2017) | 5-9 June 2017 | Glasgow, Scotland, UK


ECCA 2017 | 5-9 June 2017 | Glasgow, Scotland, UK |  Barry O’Dwyer

Defining a Blueprint for Climate Adaptation Enabling Services – Learning from a Variety of Approaches in the UK and Ireland

Venue: Parallel Session 10 (Room 10)

Date and Time: Wednesday June 7th, 11:00-12:45.

Decision makers at all scales are now introducing a range of adaptation policies and initiatives to help societies and economies to better cope with ongoing and projected climate change impacts. These adaptation efforts are frequently underpinned by a wide variety of boundary organizations and partnerships who enable adaptation by connecting science to practice and are involved in: the quality assessment of scientific research; disseminating knowledge and building capacity; the design and implementation of adaptation actions and policy instruments; and the evaluation of policy impacts.  However, the mechanisms employed to enable adaptation decision-making adopt a number of approaches and are at differing stages of development/implementation.  Presently, there is no underlying ‘best practice’ in adaptation enabling services or recognised ‘blueprint’ for developing a whole-system approach to the development and delivery of these enabling services.

By highlighting and unpacking a wide range of approaches at the forefront of enabling adaptation, this session aims to foster collaboration and peer-to-peer learning in order to facilitate the identification of ‘good practice’ in adaptation enabling services and across scales through the development of a ‘blueprint’ for a comprehensive adaptation enabling service.  Through this session, participants will:

  • Explore the range of approaches and mechanisms to enable adaptation deployed and being developed in the UK and Ireland;
  • Examine the lessons learned and the challenges faced;
  • Define key elements of ‘good practice’ in enabling adaptation;
  • Create a design plan or ‘blueprint’ for a comprehensive adaptation enabling service.

Session Format:

The session will consist of a series of facilitated round table discussions where participants will learn about and assess existing enabling services, support the development of key ‘good practice’ recommendations and define a blueprint for an effective and comprehensive adaptation enabling service.

  • Table 1: THE SECTORAL APPROACH (England) – Climate Ready programme (Liz Parkes, England)
  • Table 2: THE WEB BASED APPROACH (Ireland) – Climate Adaptation Platforms in Practice (Barry O’Dwyer, Ireland)
  • Table 3: THE REGIONAL APPROACH (Northern Ireland) – The Climate Northern Ireland Programme (Jane McCullough, Northern Ireland)
  • Table 4: THE PEER-TO-PEER APPROACH (Scotland) – Adaptation Scotland programme (Anna Beswick, Scotland)
  • Table 5: THE LOCAL APPROACH (Wales) – Building Local Confidence (Jim Poole, Natural Resources Wales)

These five approaches will be analysed in a consistent way to see where they each might sit within an overall, comprehensive adaptation enabling service. Where delegates are already involved in adaptation support, they too will be able to analyse their approach in a similar way, and add it to our evidence base. The ‘blueprint’ for a comprehensive adaptation enabling service emerging from this session should be a powerful means of accelerating adaptation action across Europe.

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