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SDNPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan

SDNPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan

September 30, 2016

Climate change is shaping up to be one of the main causes of environmental change for the National Park in the future. Its impacts on the landscape are likely to be significant and profound – though there are many potential opportunities over the longer term. It is necessary for the National Park Authority to plan ahead in relation to potential climate change impacts. A Climate Change Adaptation Plan is the best way to achieve this.

The Adaptation Plan seeks to:

  • assess the current and predicted impacts of climate change in relation to their purposes and statutory functions;
  • conduct an assessment of the risks and opportunities this presents to the assets of the National Park and the business of the Authority;
  • prepare an action plan that includes proposals for adaptation responses that adequately address the risks presented by climate change.

Our work, both in terms of policy and delivery, needs to be sighted on the full range of potential impacts relating to climate change. We need to co-ordinate effort with all our partners and work to deliver shared actions across the National Park.

The South Downs National Park Authority and its partners have a key role in meeting the challenges and opportunities it may present. The Adaptation Plan sets out how we intend to do this. It includes a long-term action plan which we will need to keep under review.

Read the SDNPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan