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Friday, August 22, 2014

Climate Change Resilience in D&G

From Click Green

Scotland’s resilience capabilities will be boosted by a new national centre based in Dumfries that will help improve responses to issues such as flooding and other extreme weather events.

The new centre, situated at Crichton Campus, will also act as a national hub; coordinating work to understand how best communities and local emergency responders can prepare for an anticipated increase in natural hazard events as a result of climate change.

“The facilities at Crichton Campus are first class and the proximity of the Campus to other institutions, including the Crichton Carbon Centre, the water rescue expertise of the local fire and rescue service and a very experienced team at Dumfries and Galloway Council provides an excellent opportunity for resilience partners, academia and the Scottish Government to work collaboratively on climate and flooding related resilience issues and to optimise multi-agency working.

“This approach sits well within the context of Dumfries and Galloway having already strong local resilience arrangements in place, with an emphasis on an integrated and multi-agency approach, which offers the prospect of the region presenting a good opportunity to provide practical training opportunities and to identify lessons with relevance for all Scotland. The Centre will be well placed to also evaluate the benefits to responders of the roll-out of further flood warning technology, with roll-out of the coastal flood warning system for the Solway scheduled for 2015.”

Read the article in full on the Click Green website here

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