Creating a climate resilient Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Guidance to prepare local communities for a warmer world.
It is crucial that we adapt to a warmer world. We can do this by undertaking adaptation actions to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, by anticipating the effects and preparing for them.
Climate adaptation works with climate mitigation (actions to cut or prevent the emission of greenhouse gases) as part of a dual approach to reduce risk from climate change.
The Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (DCIoS) Climate Impacts Group (CIG) are coordinating regional action on climate adaptation, preparing communities and organisations for a changing climate, and improving resilience across the region.
On this site:
- The DCIoS Climate Adaptation Strategy will help communities and organisations across the Southwest better understand the risks their area might face in the future, as climate change increasingly affects the UK. It will also help them to adapt to these changes, thereby improving their resilience and community safety.
- Resources to help individuals, communities, organisations and local policy makers take action for climate adaptation and prepare for climate impacts
Why is adaptation important?
The world has already experienced warming of 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) and further warming is expected. Climate projections show that continued changes to average and extreme weather are very likely.
Critical infrastructure (e.g. transport networks, sea defences), community assets (e.g. schools, hospitals), homes, nature, businesses and public services are all sensitive to weather and climate. Therefore, climate change will directly affect the environment, demand for services, economic productivity, and infrastructure maintenance costs.
Taking a proactive approach to adapt to climate change will create a fairer, healthier, more resilient and prosperous society.
Climate change in the region will look like:
Case studies of adaptation in the region:
How can you get involved?
See resources for:
The Adaptation Strategy
There are three parts to the Strategy:
The Risk Register, which identifies regional climate impacts and their risks and opportunities
An Adaptation Plan, which sets out the conditions for everyone to act on adapting to climate change together
An Action Plan, which sets out the priority actions for regional collaboration over the next five years
Regional priorities by sector: