Agency takes on adaptation advisory role

Climate adaptation advice to councils and businesses will soon be handled by the Environment Agency. Meanwhile a survey suggests councils are doing less on adaptation in response to recent policy changes

Advice on adapting to climate change for  councils and business will be delivered by the Environment Agency from September. The current provider, the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), will lose £1m a year in funding to the agency.

This shift will increase the reach of adaptation advice to businesses and local communities, says the environment department (DEFRA).

And £0.5m a year which had been going to 12 regional climate change partnerships for adaptation advice will also be diverted to the agency. UKCIP’s role in the UK Climate Projections will transfer to government.

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