Weathering the storm: climate change adaptation and local government

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The importance of adaptation


Fire, flood, food insecurity and pestilence as a result of climate change are no longer far-off prospects. From fires in Greece, heat domes in the Pacific North West, floods in Germany and China – once rarer natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity. And it’s only going to get worse. Carbon Brief has prepared an explainer on what the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report had to say on extreme weather and climate change.

While reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working toward other mitigations are important (and will be covered in future editions), adaptation must become a central part of local authority climate governance. Local governments are all about making places safe and prosperous, with more extreme weather events in our future this will look different and have costs and consequences as well as opportunities.

This bundle brings together our recent briefings and publications on how councils are responding to and leading the adaptation agenda. And it includes a link to our Global Local Recap edition on adaptation – our international newsletter of inspiration and innovation in local government – which is hosting our COP26 newsletter in the run up to the conference.

Make sure you’re signed up to our Climate action and sustainable development topic to get the COP26 newsletter about once a month this Autumn or the Global Local Recap for an inspiration packed weekly newsletter on a range of topics.

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Global Local Recap and Climate Change Newsletter

The first in our series of joint Global Local Recap and COP26 newsletters – this one focuses on adaptation and includes essential reading and innovation and inspiration from around the world. Read now.

Green infrastructure

Green infrastructure: five innovative ways of creating healthier, greener cities. This briefing outlines the benefits of green infrastructure within cities and, by drawing on five case studies from UK and further afield, will highlight ways in which local governments across Europe are working to create greener urban spaces that benefit the planet and have a positive impact on communities.

Small changes, big impact

In Letting the Grass Grow, Falkirk Council’s biodiversity officer Anna Perks explains how land management can improve flood defence while bringing other benefits.

Flood funding

In this blog post, LGIU Chief Operating Officer Andy Johnston outlines the need to find better funding for flood defence and response, but also warns that with the fragmented and diminished funding local government may not be able to play its full part.

What works for adaptation?

This 2019 briefing highlights the key lessons from a case study focused report on what climate adaptation works in cities in the UK.

On the way to COP26 which sees the UK presidency of the ‘Conference of Parties’ on climate change, LGIU will be sharing monthly newsletters across key themes of the conference that support local authorities in addressing climate change, delivering Net Zero and adapting to the current and projected impacts of climate change.

About once a month, we’ll be rounding up essential reading, case studies, guidance and stories from around the world and telling you what it all means for local government when the conference is over (but the crisis isn’t).

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