This page outlines why communities need to prepare for the impacts of climate change and lists actions they can take to moderate the consequences.
The need to prepare
We will all have to learn to live with some effects of climate change as changes are inevitable due to the greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere. Therefore we need to understand and adapt to the likely changes it will bring. We can minimise the damages and maximise the opportunities of future climate changes to our communities by putting in place appropriate mechanisms before the changes happen.
The longer we leave it, the bigger the climatic changes will be and the harder it will be to manage them.
The table below outlines some of the things we need to be aware of, and might need to take action on soon.
Ways to prepare
|Examples of possible adaptation options|
Sea level rise
See also the Adapting to sea level rise web page.
Water resources and flooding
See also the New Zealand Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme web page.
Agriculture and land management
The Community Environment Fund is a source of funding for initiatives that makes a positive difference to the environment.
Local government responsibilities to communities
Local government is required to consider the impact of climate change on their communities. For further information see the webpage: