City Profiles

Stirling - United Kingdom

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

In the UN's 2010 Cancun Agreements, governments confirmed that emissions need to reduce to avoid a rise in global average temperature of more than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. Despite national and international commitments, however, global GHGs continue to rise, increasing the chance the 2ºC target will be breached. If we wait for more severe climate change before developing preparedness strategies we risk being poorly equipped to manage the economic, social and ecological consequences, and to take advantage of any potential benefits. Both adaptation and mitigation are needed and are inter-connected. But adaptation can provide immediate local benefits to climate change impacts by helping protect people, property, and resources that are essential to community sustainability.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Ready Stirling: A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Stirling
Date of strategy/plan approval
Sep 30, 2014
Summary of the strategy/plan
The plan outlines the impacts of climate change on Stirling, provides an assessment of the area's vulnerability, and addresses the initial adaptation actions Stirling plans to take. Proposed actions include raising awareness of flood risks, helping to prepare the most at risk local authority housing for flooding, carrying out flood risk assessments, integrating climate change considerations into planning and policy documents, and working with communities to improve their resilience to anticipated climate impacts.

Planned adaptation actions

Stirling plans to take action in the following ways: 1) increase public awareness of adaptation responsibilities, 2) increase the city administration staff awareness of the predicted increase in severe weather, 3) investigate risks arising from severe weather events and ensure the impacts are considered in all Risk Registers and risk management processes 4) develop methodology for recording severe weather events and impacts 5) adapt working practices to improve business continuity during future severe weather events.

Good practice / spotlight item

What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
Preparing for floods is a key adaptation action for Stirling.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Ice and Snow
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water Management
  • Transport


Provost Mike Robbins


90770 inhabitants

Contact person

Angela Heaney
Sustainable Development Co-ordinator


Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Oct 09, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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