The changing climate will impact communities across the Highlands. Many communities are already undergoing disruptions and damage due to extreme weather.
Communities can take a variety of actions to prepare and build resilience for the short and long term changes to our climate.
The Highlands and Islands Climate Hub aims to empower community-led action in the Northern Highlands and Islands. On their website there is a large number of resources including a Member’s area which gives templates for everything from finance to monitoring & evaluation and risk assessments to community engagement ideas. They will also be building up Guides of How To’s for community led climate action, Tool Libraries and Zero Waste Shops.
Other resources for community action can be found below:
This resource is suitable for sustainability, finance, and project development focused professionals, to help you understand the shortfall between the finance available for adaptation and the amount needed. The guide will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to support funding an adaptation project in Scotland.
This is a beneficial tool for those who are new to understanding the concept of climate adaptation. Organisations may also find the starter pack useful if they want to review the performance of their adaptation journey, with support included from the Adaptation Capability Framework.
This resource provides quick and simple steps to help prepare your home for flooding. Floods can happen quickly and unexpectedly, so it is never too late to plan for the impacts. Visit Floodline for further advice.
Communities can use this guide to help increase their climate resilience and learn the practical steps that need to be taken to protect the natural environment, our homes, schools, and other built assets from climate change impacts. This resource will allow further discussion with communities and community-based organisations on how to raise awareness about climatic impacts and how to adapt.
Are you a property owner? This guide will allow you to find out how local buildings may be impacted by climate change. Learn about protecting your building from damage and decay, whilst being guided on how to carry out repairs and reduce the risk of higher costs for future repairs as some properties may be irreplaceable.