Climate change adaptation and resilience

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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.

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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

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.