Planning for Climate Change Report

From the Executive Summary: 

Climate change has particular resonance for coastal communities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identifies coastal areas of Australia as the most exposed to potential climate change impacts, from sea level rise to increased frequency and velocity of extreme weather events (Christensen et al. 2007). These predictions threaten the natural amenity, pleasant climate and beachfront living attractions that define Australian ̳sea change‘ or ̳coastal amenity‘ locations.

Read the Report Planning for Climate Change

The social profile of coastal communities beyond the capital cities compounds their susceptibility to the environmental and economic consequences of climate change. Characterised by lower household incomes, higher proportions of people aged 65 and older, and rapid population growth and change, coastal areas beyond the capital cities combine physical exposure with higher levels of social disadvantage and reduced capacity to adapt to climate risk.

How should local government in coastal areas respond? This report for the National Sea Change Task Force outlines the implications of climate change for sea change communities and explains why new approaches to coastal planning and governance are needed. Many local governments both in Australia and internationally are already developing innovative planning approaches that indirectly improve resilience to climate change, through biodiversity protection, sustainable economic growth, community wellbeing, or non polluting and localised forms of infrastructure and housing. Drawing on this work, the report shows how coastal amenity communities can better plan to mitigate their contributions to climate and adapt to the inevitable changes already underway.

 

Read the Report Planning for Climate Change