The LECF is a network of council officers working on environmental policy and projects – including adaptation to climate change – at each of the London boroughs. Local conditions determine both climate vulnerabilities and adaptive capacity and improving resilience on the ground is an important borough role, although responses and resources show significant variation.
Opportunities to improve resilience exist in many service areas including emergency and business continuity planning, highways management, public health, development and building control, and green space management. London’s boroughs include some exemplars of best adaptive practice but, equally, the inner London boroughs are especially vulnerable.
LECF, in addition to being a link between the boroughs and the LCCP, also engages with a range of organisations including the Committee on Climate Change and DEFRA to help develop the policy and practical responses necessary to improve urban resilience.
Alastair Baillie chairs the London Environment Coordinators Forum (LECF) and is Bromley Council’s Environment Development Manager, where he leads on implementing sustainability initiatives.