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Climate Change

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy. (241179)

In July 2008, the cross-Government adapting to climate change programme published adapting to climate change in England—a framework for action which set out the Government’s strategy for adaptation and the work-plan for the cross-Government programme for the next three years. This programme increases Government’s capacity to adapt by ensuring a coordinated approach across all Departments and the public sector, and overall responsibility for it rests with DEFRA. Information about the programme and its work can be found at:

www.defra.gov/adaptation

This includes taking forward work flowing from the Climate Change Act—including a national climate change risk assessment and cost benefit analysis which will inform future priorities for the statutory adaptation programme that will then begin in 2012.

The Government’s longer term strategy on adapting to a changing climate will be set out in this statutory national adaptation programme, which will be reviewed and updated on a five year rolling basis in response to updated risk assessments, and report to Parliament.

In addition, DECC has established governance structures to ensure that there is proper read-across from DEFRA’s adaptation strategy both into the policy areas for which DECC has responsibility, and into its corporate decision-making process.