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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
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Council responds to climate change plans

THE Scottish Government is calling upon Dumfries and Galloway Council to have a say over national climate change targets.

The Holyrood administration released draft proposals for tackling climate change over the next five-years at the end of January.

Councillors and councils across the country are being asked for their views on how climate change is tackled at local and national levels and give feedback on how local businesses and communities could be affected.

Council officers have responded to 33 different questions on tackling climate change, and those responses will be finalised and signed off by councillors at next week’s economy and resources committee.

A report, due to be tabled at next week’s meeting, states: “The Scottish Government has recently launched a public consultation into Scotland’s national position on climate adaptation and the requirement to continue to step up and play its part in becoming net zero.

“A council response to the consultation will be collated to provide a local position and feedback as part of the consultative process which closes on April 24, 2024.”

In one of the responses to the consultation document, council officers stated: “As a local authority we are already considering and implementing through our future investment strategy measures that will allow us to adapt and mitigate against climate change. These are focused.”

They also gave details on which local spaces within the authority boundaries that they would like to see improved by being designated as ‘green space’.

Officers wrote: “Most managed areas that we have are less wild and less varied in terms of habitats. It would be great to see efforts to address both biodiversity loss and habitats that are able to address and mitigate climate events.”

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