Feb 12 2013 by Iain Howie, Perthshire Advertiser
Residents east of Perth have been given cash to help them stand up to climate change.
Nearly £20,000 has been provided by the Scottish Government to the council-backed Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group, which will be asked to come up with using a range of ways, from modern technology to maps, which tap into local knowledge to help protect their area.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said the group – one of four across Scotland – is to receive £19,650 from the Climate Challenge Fund.
He said yesterday: “As recent weather events have shown, the impacts of climate change - including flash flooding, transport disruption and damage to agricultural production - are increasing and affecting an increasing number of people’s daily lives.
“That is why it’s important to look at new ways of dealing with the consequences in order to support our communities – like those across the Carse of Gowrie – to adapt to the challenges they face and develop projects which will make a real difference.
“The Climate Challenge Fund already empowers local communities, helping them implement innovative and sustainable solutions which support a low-carbon future.
“These new pilot projects, a key part of the CCF refresh, will take that a step further by supporting communities in generating local ideas.”
Adaptation Scotland programme manager Anna Beswick said: “Scotland’s climate is already changing and this is resulting in many new challenges.”