£10,000 funding for Fife to get ‘weather smart’

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Levenmouth has received a cash boost to help Fife become more weather smart.

A £10k funding package has been given to Fife Council by Adaptation Scotland to run an important project in the area.

Working with communities in Leven, Buckhaven and Methil, alongside partner organisations, the project will prioritise climate change risks and opportunities. It is designed to ensure communities are climate ready and aware in the Levenmouth area.

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Cllr. Ross J. Vettraino, Fife Council’s convener of the environment, protective services and community safety committee, said: “It is crucial that we are all informed about the risks and opportunities of climate adaptation.

“Through the Levenmouth project the Council will work collaboratively to find appropriate local solutions. The results of partner and community engagement will feed into the wider adaptation programme for Fife, and the area’s local community plan.

“A decision-making tool will then be developed to ensure adaptation is considered at the start of all new projects planned for the area.”

The funding announcement comes in Climate Week 2018, which runs until Friday, and celebrates Scotland’s positive work on tackling climate change.

And the local authority is showcasing what partners and communities are doing to help tackle climate change, and promoting action on low carbon behaviours through events.

Fife Council is hosting three events during the week:

*Councillors, charities and community groups will meet to discuss and map regeneration projects for the Levenmouth catchment area to ensure they meet the aims of the Plan for Fife and are Climate Ready.

*Nat Taylor, a Scottish artist, will work with Fife Council to run climate ready workshops and training for local community groups.

*The Levenmouth Local Energy Project will review council functions and local networks that engage businesses to better understand and propose solutions to reduce business energy demand and decarbonise heat.

To see what’s on across Scotland visit https://sustainablescotlandnetwork.org/climate-week-2018/events