The Climate Resilience Working Group is responsible for taking an overview of the many climate resilience projects (particularly flooding related) and climate-related initiatives already being implemented and developed in the city (e.g. Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, Response to Storm Eva, Ouse Catchment project etc), in a multi-agency environment operating at a regional geography. The Working Group aims to avoid duplication and add value to existing initiatives by bringing stakeholders together.
The West Yorkshire Resilience Form (which is responsible for assessing the risks faced by the community, planning for emergencies and keeping the public informed during and after an emergency) identifies six key climate risks (major river flooding, urban flash flooding, drought, heat waves, storms and gales, low temperatures and heavy snow) all of which, except drought, are rated as high risk. Flooding (from rivers and flash flooding) is the most current climate risk.
Members of the Working Group oversee the assembly of information about climate resilience projects across the city paying particular attention to where Leeds Climate Commission can add value to existing initiatives. Members should have experience of project oversight and stakeholder engagement. Familiarity with climate resilience and its importance in enhancing city systems would be an advantage.
For progress on the working groups, see updates in the Strategy Group downloads.
A database of climate resilience and climate adaptation reources is available on Data Mill North, compiled for the Leeds Climate Commission. See separate page Climate Resilience Database