Climate Change Adaptation in the Natural Environment: Measuring Progress

A two-day workshop of scientists, policy-makers, and conservation managers to inform the development of metrics (including indicators) to monitor and evaluate adaptation of the natural world to climate change.

Climate change presents major risks to ecosystems, biodiversity and people. Adaptation to build resilience and manage inevitable changes is essential as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Most countries either have an adaptation programme or are developing one: the UK government has published its second five yearly National Adaptation Programme (NAP) in July 2018. It is important that progress is monitored and lessons learnt, but this is an intrinsically difficult problem given the range of possible future risks, the complexity of the environment and the difficulty of identifying cause and effect. Evaluation of policy and practice requires a series of metrics, including indicators but there are a wide range of approaches to this and little consensus on the best way forward

This workshop will bring together scientists, policy makers and practitioners to develop ways of evaluating adaptation programmes, including through the use of indicators. There will be a report and / or paper from the workshop which will present potential adaptation measures and indicators which can be used to support policy and practice.

This is a joint workshop between the British Ecological Society Climate Change Ecology Group and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The CCC has a statutory responsibility to assess progress with the NAP and the workshop will have a particular focus on how to evaluate the NAP, but set within the wider context of international experience in evaluating climate change adaptation.

The workshop will be based on interactive sessions, with a small number of keynote speakers, including Baroness Brown, who chairs the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the CCC; further speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

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