Climate change adaptation and resilience
Despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there will be inevitable changes to the planet’s climate in our lifetime.
Climate projections for our region indicate warmer and drier conditions with increased frequency of natural disasters, including drought and bushfire, and severity of extreme weather events such as wild storms, flash flooding and prolonged heatwaves.
Extreme weather events particularly affect our most vulnerable people – the very young and old, the poor and sick. Natural disasters put significant strains on our health system and emergency services. It is important that as a community we help each other to manage and bounce back from such events; that is, we are resilient.
ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
To enable us to adapt to a changing climate, or to change the way we do things to cope with a changing climate, the ACT Government is preparing the ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The strategy will help us identify our priorities for adaptation and coordinate our work so we are effective in building resilience.
Consultation on the draft ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy closed on 3 April 2016. The final Strategy will be released in 2016.
In 2014, the ACT Government released a directions paper as the first step on the path to the adaptation strategy.
The first step on the path to an adaptation strategy is the directions paper, Adapting to a changing climate: Directions for the ACT, 2014 (HTML version).
See the 2014 Ministerial statement on climate change adaptation in the ACT.
Enabling Adaptation in the ACT (EnAACT) project
To inform the development of the draft ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the project Enabling Adaptation in the ACT (EnAACT) was undertaken by consultants for the ACT Government’s Environment and Planning Directorate in 2014. The consultant team from the Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are experts in this field.
This Enabling Adaptation in the ACT project report outlines the process, issues and the findings from workshops held with representatives from ACT government agencies, on climate change adaptation in the ACT. This method, vulnerability assessment with suggested pathways for the future, is similar to projects being done throughout NSW by the same team for the NSW government’s Office of Environment and Heritage. This collaboration with our neighbours ensures our adaptation actions will be harmonised across our region. This report is a guidance document for the ACT and as the work of consultants it is not the policy of the ACT Government.