This seminar is an opportunity to assess key priorities for UK adaptation to climate change.
Policymakers and stakeholders will discuss recommendations from the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee, ahead of an official response from the CCC due in early 2019.
It also follows the publication of the National Adaptation Programme (NAP) and takes place in the context of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the consequences of global warming of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
The conference will examine latest thinking on climate change threats and guidance, and how the related economic and environmental challenges can be addressed - with debate expected on the recent CCC report on coastal flooding in England, and how coastal management strategies might be designed to protect homes, properties and transport and utility infrastructure.
Delegates will also consider alternative strategic approaches, with Scotland’s second five-year Adaptation Programme expected for publication in 2019.
Further sessions examine priorities for engaging business, communities and others with a role in dealing with climate change, and will consider the potential role of incentives like the Government’s £60m funding pot for environmental innovation, and developing solutions for issues around air quality, land management and digital monitoring.
There will be a look at adaptation and resilience from an investor perspective.
Delegates will discuss the implementation of resilience in the built and natural environment to address vulnerability to climate volatility, as well as opportunities for enhancing cooperation between construction and infrastructure providers, local authorities, agriculture and businesses.
Following the Environmental Audit Committee’s report Heatwaves: adapting to climate change, we also expect analysis of emerging challenges around high temperatures in the UK, potential threats to wellbeing and productivity, and responsibilities for preparations and mitigation.