CASE STUDY: Addressing climate change with evidence-based actions in Wales

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Project Background

In 2010, the Welsh Government was committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3% per annum and an overall target to cut all emissions by 40% by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels). In 2010 the Land Use Climate Change Group (LUCCG) set out a series of recommendations to achieve emissions reduction in the agriculture and land-use sectors. However, these sectors showed an increase in emissions of 1.2% in 2011.

Given this and the start of a new Rural Development Plan (RDP) for the period to 2020, WG commissioned an ADAS led consortium to review climate change emissions and adaptation in the agriculture and land-use sectors.

CASE STUDY: Addressing climate change with evidence-based actions in Wales

Actions taken

  • ADAS undertook a desk-based review of the recommendations from the 2010 LUCCG report
  • Reviewed GHG inventory changes to consider how this might affect the emissions delivery plan for the sector
  • Undertook a review of the risks presented by climate change to inform the adaptation response
  • Consulted with relevant policy and industry stakeholders in Wales
  • Provided a pragmatic analysis to inform coherent and effective policy


ADAS provided evidence-based priority action recommendations to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agriculture, land use and wider foodchain sectors in Wales. Our review has been published on the Welsh Government website.

Trust ADAS to support your organisation to develop and implement practical strategies in land use and land-use change

Land-use change (LUC) and the loss of prime habitats is a significant global concern. The loss of habitats has a negative impact on biodiversity and also results in significant losses of carbon to the atmosphere.

ADAS provides services to assess the area of land required to produce agricultural raw materials. Once land use requirements are identified we can support in identification of ways to reduce land requirements. This might be through sustainable intensification of production, yield enhancement or adjusting sourcing locations. We use a combination of GIS mapping and knowledge of production practices to evaluate changing land use and availability.


Charles Ffoulkes

More information

For further details about this case study, and to see how we can help you, please contact:

Charles Ffoulkes: Associate Director – Sustainable Food and Farming, ADAS



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