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Is local government building resilience to climate change risks?

Aurora Environmental, in partnership with South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) Inc. have assessed the current status of climate planning for Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in the South Coast NRM Region.

As LGAs are integrally linked to their communities, economic drivers such as agriculture and transportation are important in local government considerations.

Our study demonstrates most LGAs are accommodating elements of planning for climate change in ‘core business’ areas such as waste management; energy efficiency,  response to emergencies (storms, flooding and bush fire), water security, vegetation management and policies to guide land use planning.

Melanie Price of Aurora Environmental with South Coast NRM officers and key stakeholders at the WA Coast and NRM Conference 2017

Key gaps identified include a perceived lack of State and Commonwealth policy direction and frameworks for adaptation, lack of funding, lack of technical advice and lack of knowledge in the community in relation to attributing impacts to climate change.

The report identifies opportunities for LGAs such as integrated bush fire management across the region, increased community and stakeholder awareness of climate change, shared adaptation strategies across regions, case studies to document successful initiatives and opportunities to share knowledge between Local Government Authorities.

The findings of the survey have been provided to key stakeholders who assist LGA’s in climate planning. This will help ensure that South Coast NRM and its partners can continue to target the needs of local government with clear processes and support to continue to adapt and plan for climate change.

Aurora Environmental welcomed the opportunity to present the outcomes of the study at the Coastal and Natural Resource Management Conference 2017 – Perth, WA.

If you would like a copy of the report, please contact Melanie on melanie.price@auroraenvironmental.com.au

Kaylene Parker of South Coast NRM Inc. and Melanie Price of Aurora Environmental presenting at the Coast and NRM Conference 2017, Perth WA