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Climate Change: South East

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment has been made of the financial effects of climate change at the present rate on (a) the ceremonial county of Hampshire and (b) the South East. (288895)

In 2005, the regional climate change partnerships working with the UK Climate Impacts Programme published ‘Measuring Progress’. The report assessed the impacts of climate change by region including the South East and included some indicative assessments of the impacts on activities from climate change. The Government have now begun the Adaptation Economic Assessment, which will analyse the high level economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate change in the UK. The project will include information by English region, including the South East, but not by individual county boundary. It is due to report in 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to assist people in the (a) ceremonial county of Hampshire and (b) the South East to adapt their domestic circumstances to take account of the effects of climate change. (288897)

The aim of the Government’s Adapting to Climate Change Programme is to help people adapt to the effects of climate change by providing robust evidence on the effects of climate change and embedding adaptation into policies, plans and programmes. The programme seeks to achieve this by building capacity in organisations who are the most able to take long term adaptation decisions. This includes local government via mechanisms such as National Indicator 188—Planning to Adapt to Climate Change within the local government performance framework to enable them to support individuals to adapt to future climate changes through local programmes.

On 18 June, the Government published the latest UK Climate Projections. These projections show the potential changes in climate for the UK for a range of probabilities, climate variables and emissions scenarios. These data are freely available to all to make their own assessments of the likely effects of climate change. To support organisations in using the projections, the Government are providing a training package, Projections in Practice from July to March 2010. The programme will include a series of national events for specific sectors and will also include from September a programme of events in each region including the South East. To support adaptation locally and regionally, we have established a local and regional programme managed by a board of key local and regional organisations. The regional climate change partnership, Climate South East, is represented on the board. The board manages a small programme of projects to develop guidance and tools to help local authorities, regional climate change partnerships and others to support communities to take account of the effects of climate change. Further information on the board is located on the Government’s Adapting to Climate Change Programme website:

www.defra.gov.uk/adaptation