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Be Aware, Be Prepared, Take Action: How to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation Strategies into Local Government

Date: 2008

Evidence type: Policy

Organisations: Environment Agency, Local Government Association, UK Climate Impacts Programme

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Description

This guide has been produced to encourage local authorities to assess the risks posed by climate change and ensure that adaptation strategies are planned into local government working.

 

Key Messages

Local authorities have enormous potential to address climate change impacts, through their functions as transport and planning authorities, through other service delivery such as building control, community care providers, waste, housing, environmental health and trading standards, and as providers of green space.

Green infrastructure type
Non-specific green infrastructure
Climate change role/function
Non-specific adaptation role/function

Put in place plans to enhance the quantity and the quality of green space/ green infrastructure through measures including masterplanning, street level management and parks management.

Green infrastructure will have an important role to play in helping people adapt to the impacts of unavoidable climate change. The services and benefits green infrastructure provides (eg cooling and shading, absorbing air pollutants, sequestering carbon, reducing flood risk, enhancing biodiversity) will be increasingly important within a changing climate.

Green infrastructure type
Non-specific green infrastructure
Climate change role/function
Carbon storage and sequestration; Managing high temperatures; Managing riverine flooding; Managing coastal flooding; Helping other species to adapt

To protect biodiversity incorporate green infrastructure into development plans.

Green infrastructure type
Non-specific green infrastructure
Climate change role/function
Helping other species to adapt
Document Analysis

Complete

Level of document
National
Geographical area to which document refers
United Kingdom
Is 'green infrastructure' mentioned?
Yes
Relevant to climate change...
Adaptation
Is it relevant to other (non-climate change) benefits of green infrastructure?
Yes
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