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Adaptation Pathways

We are working with the Environment Agency to raise awareness and understanding of adaptation pathways. The adaptation pathways approach helps us make practical, low-risk investments today while keeping flexibility for the future in an uncertain climate.

At its core, the adaptation pathways approach involves planning for climate change by developing a flexible roadmap for a range of climate scenarios. We know the climate is changing, but we don’t know with absolute certainty how fast or when changes will occur.  

The adaptation pathway approach allows for timely, informed decisions, ensuring that resources are invested effectively. It allows decision makers to take action under climate uncertainty, identifying what actions can be taken now, and in the future, to plan and adapt to climate hazards. 


Together with the Environment Agency, we have developed an introductory ten minute video, which aims to assist local authorities in understanding and implementing the adaptation pathways approach to manage flood and coastal risk and create resilient, thriving places. It explores how they benefit local authorities, supporting placemaking and adaptive planning for all sources of flood risk.

The video includes animation to simply explain what an adaptation pathway approach is. It explores how the approach can benefit local authorities, supporting placemaking and adaptive planning for all sources of flood risk.

You can watch the video on YouTube.


In addition, we held a webinar to explore how adaptation pathways can benefit local authorities, through placemaking and adaptive planning for multiple sources of flood risk. The webinar included practical case studies from West Yorkshire (surface water) and the River Severn as well as presentations from representatives across Leeds City Council, Shropshire Council, ADEPT and the Environment Agency.

You can view the webinar on the Adaptation Pathways knowledge hub.

Environment Agency’s £8m Adaptation Pathways Programme

The video is part of the Environment Agency’s £8m Adaptation Pathways Programme, which is developing long-term plans to adapt and invest in flooding and coastal change in four strategic locations. To find out more about the adaptation approach, please visit: Adaptation Pathway Programme | Engage Environment Agency (

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