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The Local Authority Business Case for Adaptation – 15/7/15


15 July 2015


09:30 – 12:50


Innovation Birmingham

, Faraday Wharf, Holt Street, Birmingham, B7 4BB


SWM, Environment Agency and LGA

The event

This workshop aims to outline the potential economic benefits of effective climate change adaptation.  It will showcase:

  • A new report produced by Climate Ready for local authorities that aims to capture the economic and financial benefits of climate change adaptation.
  • Some good practice case studies from across the country from authorities that have gained tangible results from implementing adaptation measures and projects.
  • Opportunities that may arise from EU funding streams, related to adaptation.
  • Tools available to help you strengthen the business case in your authority.
  • An opportunity to network and to contribute to a workshop discussion.

An agenda is available here.


“Development of a business case for action has been vital for building climate resilience within Kent County Council.  We have found that by establishing a clear evidence base, highlighting how severe weather impacts us and our partners, has supported in developing actions and gaining senior-level buy in.  This report provides us with further, and much needed, evidence to support the business case for action and in Kent we will learn from the best practice highlighted to further build resilience across our local authority and our partners.” Sarah Anderson, Flood Risk & Natural Environment Manager, Kent County Council “SuDS provide an innovative, cost effective approach to water management in a changing climate and deliver multiple sustainable development benefits.  That’s why at Cambridge, we took the decision to adopt SUDS provided within public open spaces in new development.” Emma Davies, Senior Sustainability Officer, Cambridge City Council ‘Climate Ready Councils’ is a fantastic document which showcases the crucial role Councils can play in preparing for a changing climate. It shows how building resilience to a changing climate addresses other key Local Authority goals, such as supporting economic development, safeguarding vulnerable residents, generating efficiencies and avoiding costs. Such approaches are crucial in periods of fiscal restraint to deliver good value for money for residents.” Kit England, Newcastle City Council and Chair of Core Cities Group on climate resilience and adaptation


This half-day workshop is for local authority Sustainable Development Officers and Economic Development and/or Finance Officers from local authorities primarily.  Other attendees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Booking and further information

Registration is now closed.

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