Tom Dauben – Environment Agency
Emily Reed – Devon Climate Emergency
Doug Eltham – Devon County Council
Emily Widdecombe – Devon Climate Emergency
Elliot Batty – D&CIoS Local Resilience Forum
Penny Tranter – Met Office
Harriet Googe – Environment Agency
Helen Dobby (Chair)
Alan Jeffrey – Cornwall Council
Alex Rainbow – Cornwall Council
James Cooper – Environment Agency
Rob Scarrott – South West Water
Neil Hamlyn – D&CIoS Local Resilience Forum
Dave Watkins – Cornwall Council
Ruth Rockley – Devon County Council
Jacqui Warren – Torbay Council
Jane Grey – NHS England
Laurence Couldrick – West Country Rivers Trust
Saska McGrath – South West Water
Sara Gibbs – Devon Public Health
Michael Allum – Public Health England
1. Minutes of Previous Meeting
These were accepted as a true record.
Emily reported that she has submitted a consultation response to the South West Water Drought Plan on behalf of the partnership. Thank you to members who contributed to that.
2. Funding Bid to the Environment Agency
Emily provided an update. Emily has prepared a draft business case with the help of John Galt of the Devon County Council Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team. This is the second stage of attempting to secure £25k to provide additional resource to accelerate the preparation of the Adaptation Plan.
3. Risk Register
Appointments between group members and the Environment Agency are continuing. These are gathering information from stakeholders to include in the risk register about current levels of preparedness.
ACTION: All partners to engage positively with Kathryn and Felix from the Environment Agency to get the further information added to the risk register.
Emily highlighted that COP26 will consider climate impacts as part of its agenda, on Monday November 8th, under the title of: “ADAPTATION, LOSS AND DAMAGE: Delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impacts and address loss and damage.”
5. Climate Projections Report
Doug Eltham said that we should briefly update the Climate Projections Report in light of the latest IPCC evidence on climate science and get this published online along with the narratives on the themed impacts. Penny Tranter agreed and said we can also review the extent to which climate change can be attributed as a causal factor to various weather events over the past year.
ACTION: Doug to meet with Penny and Elliot to revise the Climate Projections Report.
6. Hydraulic Modelling Visualisations
Tom Dauben advised that the Environment Agency are exploring ways to visualise what the future will look like with regards flooding in particular communities. Tom suggested the visualisations could be expanded to include additional impacts beyond flooding. Tom will circulate further details to the group so we can consider how we could get further involved.
ACTION: Tom to circulate details of the visualisations project