Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has recently revised and published their Climate Change Action Plan. The Action Plan is directed principally at those involved in preparing and taking forward strategies and plans related to tackling climate change, including local authorities, land managers, engineers and policy makers.

The Climate Change Action Plan focusses on how nature helps us cope with climate change, what climate change means for nature and how we can help it cope.

Part 1 of the Plan offers suggestions on the role nature could play in tackling climate change, as well as including ideas on how we can help nature itself cope with change. These include:

- Securing carbon stocks in soils, vegetation and marine environments, for example through restoring peat-forming habitats and increasing forest cover.

- Develop healthy ecosystems that can help us adapt to the effects of climate change, for example through managing soils, vegetation, river floodplains and wetland habitats to reduce flood risk.

- Identifying the priority actions which will help Scotland’s key habitats and species adapt to climate change, for example reducing pressure on habitats and species and making space for natural processes through strengthening habitat networks.

The Plan also sets out what SNH intends to do to raise awareness of how nature helps us cope with climate change, what climate change means for nature and how we can help it cope.

SNH reached a significant milestone last year by reducing the CO2 emissions from their own operations by 49% between 2000 and 2015, meeting their 2020 target five years early.

If you would to request a paper copy of the Action Plan please contact pubs@snh.gov.uk or telephone 01738 458 530.

SOURCE: Keep Scotland Beautiful

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