On 19 June, the first local training academy was held in Glasgow to discuss climate change adaptation and local government’s role in strengthening resilience to climate related risks at the local level. The training academy is part of the implementation of actions resulting from the Climate Adaptation Partnership. The action aims to provide specific training to local politicians on the benefits of climate change adaptation and how to deal with adaptation in a city.
The session in Glasgow was Attended by more than 60 Councillors from over half of Scotland’s Councils. The session aimed to support members so that they are able to understand, communicate and lead local responses. Councillors received presentations from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), Scottish Government, Climate Ready Clyde and ClimateXChange, with Adaptation Scotland providing technical expertise.
Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “As local authorities we must work together to find the responses that will help us adapt to a world that is changing dramatically around about us.”