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Climate Change Impact Report Cards for the UK terrestrial and freshwater environment: Project to produce Report Cards for the 1) Water, and 2) Biodiversity Sectors - WC1052

Description
This project concerns a partnership project in collaboration with the Living With Environmental Change Partnership (LWEC) to consult widely with experts in the scientific community to develop two climate change impact report cards (based on the marine climate change report card) -- one for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity and one for fresh water.
Each will present succinct, peer reviewed and accepted information about the impacts of climate change, and address some of the issues selected from the National Ecosystem Assessment and the Climate Change Risk Assessment. It will also test and develop the method for production of these report cards in working with LWEC and it will provide information that may be used to help development of similar report cards in other sectors, such as agriculture or human health. In addition, it will develop a shared understanding with the research community of priorities for further evidence gathering.
The report cards will be the main outputs and be used in the Climate Change Risk Assessment as required under the Climate Change Act, and also for considerations of policy makers in the National Adaptation Programme and to reduce pressure on biodiversity, a commitment in Biodiversity 2020.
Objective
1. Design and populate the report cards for 1) water and 2) biodiversity - in the terrestrial and freshwater environment in a non-technical way thereby making the information accessible to a wide range of audiences.
This would need:
a) Consultation with the Project Steering Group, and the Specialist Working Groups, to establish scope, questions that will be answered, and sources of data, and information;
b) Although primarily based on using existing data and information, collection and manipulation of the data and analysis may be required and should be allowed for in the project planning and allocation of resources;
c) Devising the graphics and key messages - Provide a synthesis of scientific data/information and other evidence on the potential short and long term, direct and indirect impacts of climate change to on the potential impacts of climate change on 1) Water resources and quality, and 2) Biodiversity in terrestrial and freshwater environments (biodiversity is likely to cover species or groups of species, habitats and ecosystems, depending on data availability;
d) Dealing with uncertainties - the method of dealing with uncertainties must be explained so that the messages are clear and unambiguous;
e) Using consultations with the Specialist Working Groups, offer suggestions to the Project Steering Group for their decision to arrive at and present an accepted view (consensus of understanding by the leading scientists in the field) for the materials and information to be included in the report cards;
f) Deliver the report cards for Water and Biodiversity;
g) Identify evidence gaps.

2. Collaboration to share information, understand key priorities for further research into impacts of climate change on water and terrestrial biodiversity and ways of funding it. This would involve:
a) Use the consultations to identify and frame the results of research sponsored by the Research Councils, Government Depts and Agencies, NGOs and others, including international studies, in a format that can be readily used by policy and other decision makers. It would also explore the scope for bringing additional funds to support research into the key priorities;
b) Develop and promote a common language, and framework, but encourage a diversity of approaches, views and challenges to help define the way the research communities communicate their findings about impacts of climate change;
c) Provide information that will enable LWEC partners and other stakeholders to operate more efficiently in their commissioning of research;

3. Gather information about the lessons learned about the methods adopted in Report Card Development and provide documentation of this so that it can be shared with other sectors in the future for possible development of further climate change report cards.

4. Provide a short business plan, including costings and a funding model for maintaining and updating the Biodiversity and Water Report Cards at appropriate intervals.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WC1052 - Final Report   (10k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2014

Cost: £75,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environment Agency
Keywords
Biodiversity