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Adapting to change

​To manage climate change impacts, we’re harnessing nature’s capacity to adapt to change and promoting ‘green infrastructure’ in urban design.

Helping nature to adapt to climate change is one of our best tools for managing climate change impacts. To guide how we do this, Scottish Natural Heritage has developed eight Adaptation Principles.

We’re putting these principles into action in our land management and advice as we learn more about how climate change will affect habitats and species. You can read about the results of our efforts so far in a series of adaptation case studies.

Helping nature to adapt is also one of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme priorities that we lead on. We use a set of adaptation indicators to assess how well Scotland’s natural environment is adjusting to climate change.

We also help others to promote green infrastructure as part of urban design. Green roofs, sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and other green interventions can help people and the environment to cope with climate change impacts.