Climate change is affecting Scotland now. Adaptation planning is essential to safeguard our communities and assets.

The Scottish Government has committed £11.7m to support local authorities in developing Coastal Change Adaptation plans. New guidance is published here to support local authorities through this process.

CCA Guidance

The Scottish Government has developed guidance to support local authorities in the preparation of Coastal Change Adaptation Plans.

These plans attempt to go further than Shoreline Management Plans, by considering the adaptation required to safeguard our coastal communities and assets as our climate and coast continues to change.

Front cover of the summary report

CCA Fund

Dynamic Coast research anticipates coastal erosion to increase under all emissions scenarios. So, both adaptation and mitigation are essential and urgent activities.

Local Authorities are expected to receive £11.7m of funding to develop Coastal Change Adaptation Plans and to undertake resilience and adaptation actions, using Nature-based approaches wherever possible.

In 2022-23 £1.6m has been allocated to ten coastal local authorities with the most assets at risk.

In 2023-24 £1.85m has been allocated to remaining coastal local authorities and £550k has been shared in support of local case-studies to help advance our understanding of coastal change adaptation.

In 2024-25 £1.65m has been allocated to 19 coastal local authorities to advance Coastal Change Adaptation work and £1.05m has been shared in support of local case-studies to help advance our understanding of coastal change adaptation.

Funding for 2025-26 is yet to be allocated.

Supporting materials

A range of new materials are available to help authorities and partners start adaptation planning.

Click on the following links to find out more:

  • Knoweldge-sharing event 1 video
  • Knoweldge-sharing event 1 slides
  • Knoweldge-sharing event 2 video
  • Knoweldge-sharing event 2 slides
  • Sniffer CCA webpage
  • Presentation

    Further knowlege-exchange events and materials will be available in the future.

    Case Studies

    Case studies allow local authorities to develop and share learning on how to undertake coastal change adaptation. In 2024-25, £1m is shared between ten case studies. These join eight authorities which received £550k funding in 2023-24.

    Some explore community engagement aspects, whilst other are using the latest technology to inform trigger points and guide adaptation actions.

    Council updates (2023-24):

  • Dumfries & Galloway (Sandhead) #1.
  • Fife (St Andrews) #1.
  • Highland (Nairn) #1 & #2.
  • Orkney Isles #1.
  • South Ayrshire (Ballantrae) #1.
  • Council updates (2024-25):

  • Argyll & Bute (Cullipool)
  • Moray (CoastSnap)
  • Moray (Kingston recharge)
  • Map

    Authorities can download a reporting template here.

    To find out more about adaptation see Adaptation Scotland or contact the Dynamic Coast team.