Councils and climate change adaptation

Councils are the closest level of government to the community. They have a critical and lead role in working with and assisting their communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change impacts such as sea level rise; increased temperature, storm, flood and drought events, along with changes in the local climate will be profoundly be experienced at the local level.

They will affect large and small, urban and rural councils and their functions of: land-use planning, infrastructure, emergency preparedness, community services and resource management.

Communities are reliant on their councils to develop policies, strategies and actions to help them to adjust in both the short, medium and long term.

It is imperative that councils have identified vulnerabilities and potential risks and developed strategies and actions increasing theirs and their community’s resilience to climate impacts.

The impacts of climate change are being and will be experienced across municipal boundaries.

Regional climate action by councils will enable them to provide a consistent and integrated response to climate adaptation in their communities and the region.

Specifically such collaboration and cooperation by councils enables them to leverage resources, share ideas, magnify action and advocacy and avoid duplication in the face of climate change.