9 July 2018
For charities, heritage organisations and all with land and buildings in their stewardship, climate change adaptation is a big issue. Last year, a Fit for the Future survey revealed that despite the global significance of climate change and the subsequent requirement for action, 50% of our individual members were not yet dealing with adaptation as part of their role.
Our Climate Change adaptation group was set up to bridge this gap. The group met in June at the National Trust’s Tredegar House in Wales to discuss ways of identifying potential impacts, and how individual organisations can adapt. On the day, we heard from Keith Jones and Paul Southall of the National Trust (Senior Environmental Advisor and Environment Consultancy Manager respectively), and Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer at the RSPB.
Tredegar House, a 17th century mansion looked after by the National Trust, is an example of a place experiencing significant challenges due to climate change. Increased rainfall means that strategies are needed to manage flood water and pressure on the building's drainage systems.
At the event, practitioners discussed the strategies that might be put in place at Tredegar House to protect its buildings and resources, and reviewed planned investment over the coming ten years.
Members also discussed how maintenance, restoration and development of the house and grounds are required to protect its historic legacy and provide a commercially viable resource to the local economy and residents.
It was agreed that organisations need further information and data on predicted climate change impacts to understand what they are adapting to and what the timescales are. Renewed insights from UK Climate Projections are due out this November, which will enable organisations to better assess potential impacts and to explore adaptation options. We’ll be keeping abreast of developments and providing members with the most up-to-date information.
Members identified a number of things that they need in order to more forward confidently with adaptation work, and the Network team- Fergus and Pollyanna - will now work closely with them to provide:
Fit for the Future are also planning relevant site-visits, events, workshops and seminars so practitioners can share knowledge and experience. In the meantime, members can head over to our Climate Change Adaptation forum to continue discussion.
Not a member? Find out about joining the network and how we can support your organisation to become climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient.