Baroness Brown welcomes new members to Adaptation Sub-Committee

Georgina Mace (top) and Michael Davies
Georgina Mace (top) and Michael Davies

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change, has welcomed Professor Dame Georgina Mace and Professor Michael Davies to their roles.

The appointments, which run until 2021, were made earlier this month by the Secretary of State for the Environment and by the Devolved Administrations (DAs).

The Adaptation Sub-Committee is the leading independent body advising the UK Government and the DAs on preparing for climate change. It was created under the Climate Change Act (2008).

Georgina Mace DBE FRS is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER). She will play a leading role on the ASC on natural capital, including land use, biodiversity, agriculture and forestry.

Michael Davies is Professor of Building Physics and Environment at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE). He will lead the work of the ASC in areas including the built and urban environment, cities, planning and public health.

Georgina and Michael will also help to steer the overall work of the six-member Sub-Committee, determining its strategic direction and providing impartial input into the ASC’s advice to Government and Parliament.

Baroness Brown said: “I am delighted to welcome Georgina Mace and Michael Davies to the Adaptation Sub-Committee. Their expertise in their respective areas is amongst the best in the world and will be invaluable as the ASC prepares to analyse the Government’s updated National Climate Change Adaptation Programme for England, continues with its analysis to define long-term adaptation outcomes for the UK, and feeds in to the Government’s next Climate Change Risk Assessment due in 2022.”

Baroness Brown also thanked departing members Professor Dame Anne Johnson and Sir Graham Wynne for their service to the Adaptation Sub-Committee since 2009. Baroness Brown said:

“Anne Johnson and Graham Wynne have been exemplary members of the Adaptation Sub-Committee. Over the past nine years, the ASC has gone from strength to strength and now sets the agenda when it comes to assessing how well the UK is preparing for the impacts of climate change. This is due in no small part to the ASC’s robust, impartial scrutiny of the evidence which Anne and Graham have long championed.”