Extreme weather summit

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The Scottish Government will host a summit to look at ways of dealing with the increasingly unpredictable weather Scotland is experiencing.

Key organisations including SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment LINK, NFU Scotland, James Hutton Institute, Scottish Flood Forum and MET Office will attend an event in Edinburgh on Monday during Climate Week to discuss how they can work together to better prepare for extreme weather events and mitigate against the impact of climate change.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead said:

“Scotland’s climate is changing. Over the last few decades it has got warmer, precipitation patterns have changed and there has been an increased frequency of extreme weather events. Rainfall in 2011 was 36 per cent more than was the average for the period 1961 to 1990.

“Recent unpredictable weather has had a major impact on many aspects of our society – from damage to property and agricultural land, to pressure on water resources and energy demands – affecting people’s daily lives and highlighting the need for immediate action to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

“The Scottish Government recently published the draft second Report on Proposals and Policies, setting out how we can deliver our greenhouse gas emissions targets. However, we must also find ways to adapt to our new and challenging climate. We need organisations, businesses, communities and individuals across Scotland to play their part to ensure we put in place measures that are effective and flexible enough to prevent even more severe climate change and adapt to changes that we inevitably face.

“By working together collectively, we can strengthen Scotland’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and help our communities to be better prepared for extreme weather events.”