Climate Change Advice Sheets
Climate Change Advice Sheets (for Printing)
Summary & Outcomes
The partnership proposed to establish a working group to agree indicators, protocols and baseline data for the Wild Purbeck NIA, and produce a technical document identifying anticipated climate change impacts and how their mitigation and adaptation could be facilitated through the partnership’s work.
Two workshops have been organised for conservation practitioners during the three years of the project. The first covered heathlands and wetlands, whilst the second focused on woodland. Discussion focused on key impacts of climate change with regard to these habitats, and opportunities for mitigating measures. Guidance notes were produced on wetlands and heathlands and woodland for distribution primarily to those actively engaged in practical conservation management.
For farmers and landowners, guidance notes were produced on planning for climate change adaptation based on cultivated land and grazed land. These were in response to consultation with farmers, which indicated that they were frequently adapting farming practices to changes in weather patterns but were not consciously adapting for climate change. Promoting farm resilience planning aims to encourage farmers to plan for both droughts and floods, given uncertainties in future predictions and increased variability.
A climate change plan has been produced to underpin activity by the partnership into the future.
This contains a Wild Purbeck climate change scenario for the 2040’s and an analysis of the predicted impacts of climate change on habitats and species in Purbeck. Recommendations for adaptation actions are outlined. A climate change monitoring plan has also been produced in consultation with the Dorset Environmental Records Centre. Priorities for promotion of the steps needed to adapt to future climate scenarios have also been agreed.
Highlights and challenges
Whereas many of the other projects have been led by a dedicated project officer, this work has been progressed by a working group drawn from organisations with considerable time constraints.
The speed of progress on developing the plan has therefore not been as fast as was originally hoped. However, on the positive side, it has meant that the work has become embedded into the work programmes of officers in a number of partner organisations, which should lead to better delivery in the longer term.
The possibility of including the practical implementation of climate adaptation based on this programme into a future bid for EU LIFE or other funding will be explored.
The NIA group will continue to encourage implementation of climate change adaptation monitoring, and seek that the realities of climate change are built into future decision making and land management.