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Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit
Adaptation is not just about the risks to be endured due to climate variability. As the climate is changing so too is the operating environment for councils. Council decision-making processes need to support and strengthen the capacity of staff to identify inherent opportunities that arise from change, as well as the risks.
To download the toolkit and read more on how to use it see the Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit webpage.
Kogarah City Council, NSW
ICLEI Member Kogarah City Council is located approximately 15 kilometres south of Sydney, on the east coast of Australia. The region is particularly vulnerable to climate change as a result of its low topography, significant development close to the foreshore and ageing assets.
Download Kogarah case study [PDF 345 KB]
East Gippsland Shire Council, Vic
ICLEI Member East Gippsland Shire Council has areas of high exposure to key climate change impacts due to its extended coastline, a landscape with steep gradients in the Victorian Alps as well as low-lying coastal lagoons.
Download East Gippsland case study [PDF 335 KB]
Principles for Working on Climate Change Adaptation
If your council will be engaging in a climate change adaptation process, consider adopting the following principles to guide your work:
Skills that council staff need to develop to meet these principles are:
Additional skills that have proven extremely useful for councils undertaking this process include:
Source: CCP Adaptation Initiative (2008)
Some valuable links are available, as follows:
Australian Government Department of Climate Change
CSIRO / Bureau of Meteorology Climate Change Projections
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