The Ministry for the Environment has this week appointed a project team to undertake New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA).
The team, which is lead by AECOM, together with Tonkin and Taylor, Latitude Strategy and Communication, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and others, will draw on existing data and seek input from central and local government, climate change experts, affected sectors and iwi Māori representatives to understand the major climate change risks facing New Zealand.
The Risk Assessment will be based on the recently released Arotakenga Huringa Āhuarangi – A Framework for the National Climate Change Risk Assessment for Aotearoa New Zealand. This Framework was developed to guide the production of the NCCRA, which will help the Government to understand the impacts of climate change on the country’s natural, financial and infrastructure assets.
The NCCRA will inform the development of a National Adaptation Plan, which represents the Government’s response to the risks identified in the NCCRA. The NCCRA is due to be delivered to Government by mid-2020.