Dialogue on Tiree’s Future in a Changing Climate
COP26 in November marks an important milestone in the history of climate change negotiations as governments meet in Glasgow to take stock of pledges made in the 2015 Paris Agreement and seek to agree on more ambitious future targets. At the same time, Scottish coastal communities are increasingly exposed to the impacts of climate change, including stronger storms, flooding and coastal erosion, which can cause severe challenges to regional development, but also provide opportunities for adaptation.
Against this backdrop, a public dialogue and workshop on climate change in Tiree is planned to identify local climate change knowledge and values, understand adaptation needs and provide a strong basis for local planning and action. The workshop will be designed to produce recommendations from members of the community on topics which are likely to result in positive changes to how Tiree can prepare for current and future climate change. During the workshop, we would like to explore the following questions:
o What are the community understandings of climate change impacts and the capacity for adaptation?
o How is climate change projected to impact Tiree by 2050 and beyond?
o How is Tiree prepared to cope with projected future climatic changes?
o What are factors influencing the uptake of adaptation and resilience measures?
o What are barriers for the implementation of climate actions?
The event will form a crucial part of a project developing an integrated assessment of climate change in Tiree and other Scottish island communities. Supported by a Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) grant, the project is led by a team of researchers from the University of Dundee, Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of the West of Scotland, in consultation with Tiree Community Council, Tiree Development Trust and other local stakeholders.
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