Highland Adapts is a brand new partnership which aims to develop a region-based collaborative approach to climate action in the Highlands.  Changeworks is proud and delighted to be involved as a partner in this new initiative and brings a wealth of experience in the delivery of low carbon projects to the partnership.

Changeworks has joined forces with The Highland Council, NHS Highland, Zero Waste Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland, NatureScot and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop a unique approach to adapting to and mitigating the climate emergency in the Highlands.

Underpinned by a deep understanding of the needs and priorities of Highland communities, the Highland Adapts initiative will develop a strong evidence base setting out the climate risks and opportunities that are affecting the region. A shared adaptation strategy and action plan will use the gathered evidence and embed action to adapt across organisations, communities, sectors, strategies and investments throughout the Highlands.

Changeworks has a wealth of experience in delivering low carbon and affordable warmth projects in the Highlands. Funded by the Scottish Government, we’ve delivered Home Energy Scotland in the Highlands and Islands on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust since 2008, and our local Affordable Warmth Services team help householders across the region to keep their homes warmer and their heating and electricity bills more affordable.

Donna Marshall, Head of Low Carbon Communities, said: “I’m delighted that Changeworks has the opportunity to be involved in this potentially transformational new partnership. 

“Changeworks has set out an ambition to help create a low carbon society, by bringing together a range of existing and future community-based activity in a way that communities themselves can effectively lead and benefit from. This partnership and work that will take place in the Highlands will be key to driving forward this ambition and our understanding of community based initiatives.”

Emma Whitham, founder of the Highland Good Food Partnership and community food project MOO Food, has been appointed as Principal Project Manager for the partnership.

She said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be taking the lead on this new partnership, which is going to deliver real and positive change for Highland.

"It’s really important to both myself and the Highland Adapts partnership that our response to climate change is fundamentally driven by the needs and aspirations of our communities, and we’ll be taking the initiative forward firmly on that basis.”

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