The Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution (RECP) recently called for responses to its consultation on ‘Adapting the UK to Climate Change’. The Commission’s aim is to provide an authoritative analysis and report on the institutional capacities and arrangements necessary to adapt to changes in the natural environment brought about by climate change.
The focus of the study is on whether the UK has the institutional capacity and arrangements necessary to adapt to changes in the natural environment brought about by climate change. The scope of the study is the UK in an EU context, and to help illustrate the issues, the Commission invited evidence based on three exemplar subjects:
- Biodiversity, nature conservation and protected areas
- Sea-level and coastal zones
Given OISD’s expertise and track record in this area, a response to the consultation was co-ordinated by Dr Elizabeth Wilson and Dr Jake Piper of the OISD: Impact Assessment Unit. The IAU (Director: Dr Graham Wood) is a designated EC Europa Centre of Excellence in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which brings together one of the largest teams of expertise in this field worldwide. OISD: IAU clients include, amongst others, the European Commission, UK government/agencies, local government and the commercial sector.
The OISD response to the RCEP consultation, which references important research carried out within OISD:IAU and other institutions, can be viewed here.
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