Environmental Management Plans Book Review

Environmental Management Plans Book Review

01 January 1970 by Roy Bidder

This article contains an overview of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment – Adapting to climate change: a guide to its management in organisations.

The guidance within the book has been compiled by IEMA for environment and sustainability professionals. It has been informed by direct experience from practitioners within organisations who have worked on adaptation and resilience to climate change and extreme weather. The book’s aim is to present learning points from practice and guidance to help the reader identify and build support for effective business cases. It complements existing and developing guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), the Environment Agency and others.

Weather and climate affects economic activity and our everyday lives in several ways. As the global climate continues to change, the impacts will affect almost every aspect of business and the economy and will result in unexpected costs as well as changes to the way that companies operate. The book supports the idea that forward planning can minimise the risk and maximise the opportunities created by climate change. It is aimed at individuals tasked with managing or coordinating these efforts within organisations.

It addresses the concept of adaption to climate change and gives advice on matters to be considered to those managing the process. It then goes on to describe the approaches to exploring risk and walks the reader through various adaptation strategies, both based upon UKCIPS’s Adaptation Wizard. The latter parts of the book provide some background information regarding the concepts and science that can be used as a reference or to those seeking to gain a more theoretical understanding of adaption to climate change within an organisational context/standpoint. They have also included an overview of the most recent climate projections for the UK. The last section of the book gives details of source and resource information available within the public domain.

The book concludes that although we can plan and mitigate the risk of climate change, it is a relatively young and consequently rapidly moving science. I would not necessarily recommend that those tasked with the management of climate change read the whole book in one go as it can be tedious in places, but to use it as a reference guide during their journey.

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