- Link adaptation
work to your organisational outcomes
- Demonstrate the importance of adaptation to the
overall organisation by showing how existing adaptation work contributes to
achieving organisational objectives.
- Demonstrate how planned adaptation work will support
progress towards organisational outcomes; provide evidence of social, economic
and environmental benefits.
- Provide guidance to the organisation’s leadership on optimal ways to
incorporate climate change adaptation considerations into critical
- Consider how
internal policies or legislation may further enable adaptation.
- Keep the organisational drivers template created in Task OC1A up to date by revisiting it periodically.
- Take advantage of opportunities that arise from policy
or legislation drivers, such as new regulations, mandates or targets to
- Integrate climate change adaptation into pre-existing
established programs, policies or strategies.
- Be aware of internal timescales and identify
opportunities to incorporate adaptation into the creation of new or revision of
- Be proactive in driving policy innovations for
adaptation which address objectives and help tackle institutional inertia
- Take action to mainstream adaptation.
- Embed climate risks, adaptation actions or relevant climate resilient
KPIs in your corporate strategy and/or performance framework.
- Ensure that business case development and procurement processes for
products, services and projects take account of climate risks. Climate impacts
should be considered early on in business case development and adaptation
actions should be designed and costed in at an early stage. A requirement for
climate resilience should be included in relevant supplier contracts.
- Engage widely across your organisation and with external stakeholders
including suppliers, community planning partners and the public on the topic of
and importance of adaptation.
- Embed adaptation across the organisation through cross-departmental
working groups, adaptation champion’s networks or allocating departmental, team
or individual climate change responsibilities or objectives.
- Involve senior and operational
staff so that your organisation can promote climate adaptation within capital
investment, routine maintenance and service planning. It should be clear where
accountability for climate change lies and individuals and groups have defined
- Ensure adaptation is a regular and
incorporated part of working across your organisation.
may not be a quick process, however investing time and effort to integrate
adaptation into ways of working will have long term benefits when adaptation is
seen as business as usual. Be patient and flexible – allowing multiple
iterations and time to embed.
Read case study on including adaptation in capital maintenance programmes with Scottish Water
Read case study on Scottish Canals here
See Scotland Natural Heritage's Corporate Plan here which mainstreams adaptation across the organisation's plans, policies and procedures