The Climate Resilience Working Group will review the range of climate adaptation initiatives in the city. The Working Groups have commenced on a rolling basis, and the Climate Resilience Working Group had its first meeting in October 2017.
The Climate Resilience Working Group will be responsible for taking an overview of the many climate resilience projects (particularly flooding related) and climate-related initiatives already being implemented and developed in the city (e.g. Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, Response to Storm Eva, Ouse Catchment project etc), in a multi-agency environment operating at a regional geography.
The Working Group will define a role for Leeds Climate Commissionin relation to these projects ensuring that it avoids duplication and adds value to initiatives.
The West Yorkshire Resilience Form (which is responsible for assessing the risks faced by the community, planning for emergencies and keeping the public informed during and after an emergency) identifies six key climate risks (major river flooding, urban flash flooding, drought, heat waves, storms and gales, low temperatures and heavy snow) all of which, except drought, are rated as high risk. Flooding (from rivers and flash flooding) is the most current climate risk.
Members of the Working Group will be expected to oversee the assembly of information about climate resilience projects across the city paying particular attention to where Leeds Climate Commission can add value to existing initiatives. Members should have experience of project oversight and stakeholder engagement. Familiarity with climate resilience and its importance in enhancing city systems would be an advantage.
For progress on the working groups, see updates in the Strategy Group downloads.