Establish project need and objectives
Include an objective to ‘climate proof’ the development’ (i.e. to reduce vulnerability, and to increase resilience to the effects of climate change).
Understand the environment
Understand and incorporate relevant climate change projections – both how climate change will be manifested in terms of changes in high or low flow, water temperature increases, etc. and – importantly – how ecosystems are likely to respond. The latter understanding should include both adverse and beneficial impacts of climate change on the natural environment.
Make meaningful use of stakeholder engagement; identify win-win options
Consider what is needed to adapt to climate change both from a technical specification and from a nature perspective, for example, seeking to protect vulnerable habitats or to deliver positive ecosystem outcomes.
Prepare project proposals/design to benefit navigation and nature
Design a project which helps to improve the resilience and/or reduce the vulnerability of both navigation and nature.