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Climate Change Risk Assessment wins Climate Week award

Posted: 13-Mar-2012

Press release HR Wallingford is pleased to announce that the UK’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) project, funded by Defra and the Devolved Governments, has won the Climate Week Award for ‘Best Initiative by a Government or Statutory Body’. At the awards ceremony at Lancaster House on 12 March 2012, Dominic Rowland (Defra), Ian Townend and Helen Udale-Clarke (HR Wallingford) and Paula Orr (Collingwood Environmental Planning) accepted the award on behalf of the client and the consortium team led by HR Wallingford.

The CCRA was laid before Parliament in January 2012. It is an independent report that presents, for the first time, a comparison of a wide range of climate change risks based on their economic, social and environmental implications.  “Delivering the CCRA needed input and insight from a large number of experts and stakeholders” explained Ian Townend. “We would like to thank the many people in government, the academic and scientific community and those from across the different sectors and regions of the UK who have contributed to the successful delivery of this ground-breaking project. We are particularly grateful for the support from Defra's Adapting to Climate Change Programme.”

Explaining the significance of the CCRA, Ian said:  “This was a very demanding study. The need to address the risks to all aspects of UK life from climate change, called for a multi-disciplinary approach. The first challenge was to pull together a consortium that could quickly assimilate the knowledge of individual sectors and work as a team to frame and implement a common approach to the analysis.  The analysis had to blend the complexity of the problem with the delivery of a consistent approach across all sectors in a limited time.  In parallel, we had to ensure that we captured and understood the full array of different interests. We therefore implemented an extensive programme of stakeholder engagement across the various sectors and dialogue with government departments, to ensure that the study was relevant and focussed both on the most significant risks and those areas where policy may be able to make a difference.

Over the past two and half years the consortium, led by HR Wallingford, has delivered an innovative method that uses the research and data available to compare risks across sectors on a consistent basis.  It not only provides one of the broadest national assessments ever completed but, hopefully, also provides a solid foundation for future cycles of the CCRA.

To find out more about Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com To find out more about the CCRA go to www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/government/risk-assessment

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