How the Lake District National Park Authority is tackling climate change
What are the things that your NPA considers it is strong on in relation to climate change mitigation and/ or adaptation?
- The North West Development Agency’s Climate Change Action and Adaptation Groups;
- Cumbria Strategic Partnership’s Climate Change Task Group;
- Cumbria Futures Forum;
- Tourism and Conservation Partnership;
- Business Task Force;
- Cumbria Green Business Forum.
- Active engagement in Natural England’s Cumbria High Fells Joint Character Area Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – one of four English pilot areas, which covers over 60% of the National Park;
- Ten year Fix the Fells Programme for upland landscape restoration and path repair with Natural England and the National Trust;
- Integrated research and associated upland management through the European-funded Mountain Massifs programme;
- Cumbria Wildfire Group with Cumbria Fire Service, Forestry Commission, National Trust, United Utilities and Moorland Association.
What are the 3 main things your NPA is doing on climate change?
1. Integrated catchment management:
a. Implemented the Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme (BLRP);
b. Implemented the Bassenthwaite Reflections Initiative comprising community engagement, arts and skills development;
c. Extending the principles of the BLRP to all catchments, initially Windermere.
2. Learning, Engagement and Inspiration:
a. Delivering over 500 tutored modules each year through the Field Studies Council, focusing on the actions young people can take to protect the environment;
b. Re-directed the Sustainable Development Fund to promote innovation in measures that adapt to or mitigate climate change;
c. Reviewed our own carbon footprint and implemented action based on audits by the Carbon Trust and Energy Savings Trust.
a. Climate Change-proofed our Preferred Options in the Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework;
b. Commissioned a Sustainable Transport Strategy for the Lake District with Cumbria County Council, the North West Development Agency and Cumbria Vision including review of parking provision and pricing;
c. Commissioned a ‘Low Carbon Lakeland’ Report and associated Conference in June 2008 to establish opinions of key regional decision-makers, capture a picture of current policies and programmes and identify case studies of best practice in business, communities and the public sector.
What are the 3 things your NPA aspire to do on climate change over the course of the CSR period (2008/09 – 2010/11)?
1. Complete preparation of catchment wide ecosystem adaptation management plans across the National Park;
2. Implement all aspects of the Cumbria Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and specifically for the National Park Authority to remain on target to become carbon-neutral by 2012;
3. Grow the funding available for promoting and supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation from £200,000 a year to £1 million a year.
What are the main obstacles that you currently face to do more?
- No definitive research or guidance on what specific and cost effective measures will enable National Park Authorities to become carbon neutral;
- Difficulty in augmenting SDF funding from other sources such as NWDA Climate Change Action Plan, Regional Economic Strategy or Rural Development Plan for England to make a significant National Park-wide difference;
- Lack of research into carbon stores in the National Park and how they can be best managed.