In its June 2023 report the Climate change Committee found that as regards the government’s second National Adaptation Programme (NAP2), there was very limited evidence of the implementation of adaptation at the scale needed to fully prepare for climate risks facing the UK. The current approach to adaptation policy is not leading to delivery on the ground and significant policy gaps remain. This is due to NAP2 not addressing all the risks from climate change identified in the previous Climate Change Risk Assessment.

It further states that the next National Adaptation Programme (NAP3) must be much more ambitious than its predecessors and lead to a long overdue shift in focus towards the delivery of effective adaptation.

Consistent with the committee’s previous assessments of the NAP2 period, they found that no sectors are yet well adapted to the risks of climate change – see Figure 1 below.

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