This is a briefing for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee. It sets out how the government is organised and the role of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) in fulfilling its lead responsibility for climate change adaptation policy. 

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What it includes: 

  • An introduction to the risks posed by climate change and how climate adaptation addresses them. 
  • A description of Defra’s roles and responsibilities for climate adaptation and government’s key policies in the area. 
  • A summary of government’s progress on adaptation and recommendations for how it can improve. 
  • Case studies providing further detail on some of Defra’s main adaptation policies.