The latest evidence-based biodiversity information for UK policy and decision-making is published this week
The Living With Environmental Change Partnership (LWEC) has gathered together the latest evidence and observations to give a comprehensive overview of what is happening now in the UK’s countryside, the extent to which climate change is contributing to those changes, and what we might expect to happen in the future as the magnitude of climate change increases.
The Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Report Card sets out the key trends in how UK biodiversity is responding to climate change, and provides an assessment of confidence in these trends based on the level of monitoring and research data available.
The Report Card is the first in a series of click-through expert reports to advise government policy-makers, land managers, environmental consultants and researchers who need to know what the current evidence indicates and make decisions relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The report card builds on scientific work carried out across the country including long-term monitoring carried out by scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology over many decades. Several CEH staff, ex-employees and recent PhD students contributed to the report card and the 15 technical papers that support the summary document. CEH scientists were also involved in peer-reviewing the work.
The Report Card was commissioned by Defra to provide a solid base for the next Climate Change Risk Assessment in 2017. It will also feed into the government’s National Adaptation Programme, currently being developed.
Defra, NERC, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Living With Environmental Change Partnership issued a press release to accompany this announcement.
The Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Report Card is a multi-layered, web-based product which can be downloaded as a click-through pdf from the Living With Environmental Change website.
The technical papers, which include supporting evidence and sections on knowledge gaps and confidence assessments, can be accessed on the Living With Environmental Change
The project was managed by Natural England, working with the Environment Agency and the LWEC Directorate. It was funded by Defra and the Natural Environment Research Council, with many institutions providing support through staff time.
The government is currently developing a National Adaptation Programme as a response to the UK Climate Change Risk.
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Prof Mike Acreman was a member of the working group which oversaw delivery of the report and undertook peer review of the technical reports.