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 affect us all. They have the greatest effect on our most vulnerable people including the very young and old, the disadvantaged and those with ill-health. Natural disasters also place significant strains on our health system and emergency services. It’s never been more important to get together as a community and help each other manage and bounce back from climate change events. To do so, we need to be resilient.
ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
The ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy sets out a path to reduce our vulnerability to the impacts of extreme weather events and increase the resilience of our community to climate change impacts. The Strategy identifies priorities for adapting to climate change and coordinates our work so we can more effectively build resilience.
- ACT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy: Living with a warming climate
- Climate change adaptation fact sheet
- Enabling Adaptation in the ACT report prepared for Government by the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney in 2014
Climate change adaptation measures will be integrated with mitigation measures in the next climate change strategy for the ACT, currently in development. For more information visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au.
Climate adaptation innovations
Climate adaptation innovations are increasing the ability of our community to adapt to climate change impacts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable city. Click through the factsheets below for information on some of the ways our city is responding.
- Living infrastructure at Campbell 5 Precinct (PDF version 446KB)
- Recycled road resurfacing materials (PDF version 438KB)
- ACT’s biggest rain garden (PDF version 607KB)
- Better tree growth with soil cells and permeable pavers (PDF version 944KB)
- Light rail plant species trail (PDF version 399KB)
- Luminescent paths (PDF version 395KB)