Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation PlanVictoria’s first Climate Change Adaptation Plan sets out how the Victorian Government is managing the risks of a changing climate to our assets, essential infrastructure and services such as our waterways, our transport systems, and our healthcare and emergency response systems.  It was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith MP, on Tuesday 19 March 2013. 

The government is leading the way, helping Victorians prepare for future climate challenges, ensuring that we manage risks and can adapt to change.

This first adaptation plan focuses on government preparedness. It will help Victoria to minimise the costs of any potential impacts, and to harness any opportunities that could arise from changes in our climate.

The plan recognises that we all have a role to plan in increasing our resilience to climate risks – all levels of government, business and communities – and provides guidance on roles and responsibilities.

The plan sets out six key strategies to build Victoria’s climate resilience, providing a new framework for adaptation planning across the Victorian Government:

  • Managing risks to public assets and services
  • Managing risks to natural assets and natural resource-based industries
  • Building disaster resilience and integrated emergency management
  • Improving access to research and information for decision making
  • Supporting private sector adaptation
  • Strengthening partnerships with local government and communities.

The plan highlights adaptation action in Victoria’s regions, and showcases state and local government as well as private sector action underway to build climate resilience.

The plan sets the foundation for strengthening partnerships with local government, businesses and communities in adapting to a changing climate.

The Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan can be downloaded from the links below:

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan [PDF - 4.3MB]
Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan [MS Word - 418.5KB]

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