The regional partnership Climate SouthWest, which exists to help the South West prepare for the impact of climate change is holding its annual Adapting to Climate Change week from June 7-11.
In the face of climate change, the South West can expect warmer, drier summers, milder, wetter winters, sea level rise and more frequent and intense extreme weather events, such as floods, heatwaves, droughts and storms. This will bring both risks and opportunities for the region’s businesses and communities.
Adapting to Climate Change week features a wealth of events to celebrate some of the great work that has been going on in the region, as well as further raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and support actions that can help the region be more resilient.
Key events taking place during the week include a site visit to the Exmoor Mires Restoration Project;a ‘Stormwater management in a changing climate conference for those working in the built environment sector; and the launch of the Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards 2010, which this year include a ‘climate change innovation’ category.
For the full programme of events is available on Climate South West website and includes further details about these events, and more. A number of new support materials are also available on the website, including; case studies; presentation material; and an online toolkit for tourism businesses.
Alex Webb, Climate SouthWest manager, told the Devon Week: “Climate change is bringing a number of challenges to businesses and organisations in the South West but, if prepared, they can overcome these and ensure that they are best placed to make the most of emerging opportunities – such as a demand for new products and services in a changing climate.”