The six initiatives/policies analysed were: Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); Welsh agri-environment schemes (Tir Gofal); Woodlands Strategy; Biomass Action Plan; Catchment Abstraction Management Strategies (CAMS); and Catchment Flood Management Plans (CFMP).
Environment Agency Research Fellow Harriet Orr commented: “We analysed policies that covered a wide spectrum of natural resource protection issues - addressing nature conservation, water resource management, flood protection and economic and recreational use of the countryside. We assessed the key components of each policy on vulnerability to climate change and if one or more component had a high probability of failure, then the overall policy was considered to be vulnerable.”
She added: "We found that some of our natural resource policies were ill-equipped to deal with the looming threats of climate change, while others which had flexibility built into the core structure were well positioned to adapt to the challenges likely to be experienced in the coming years."
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The study Climate Proofing Rural Resource Protection Policies and Strategies in Wales can be found at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publications.
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