In 2011-2012, WAGA developed a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan with funding from the Victorian Government’s Local Sustainability Accord. This followed an assessment of regional climate change risks.
The strategy and action plan summarise the future climate in Melbourne’s west, outline the benefits of adapting at a regional level, and set out a regional adaptation framework. This is designed to:
- Mainstream adaptation across councils
- Embed adaptation in planning processes
- Review progress of adaptation work carried out by the WAGA councils at the municipal level as well as WAGA’s regional work.
Of the 88 risks identified across the region, 17 risks have been assessed as particularly severe. These risks cover a wide range of council service areas, including:
- Assets and infrastructure
- Open space and recreation
- Natural environment
- Emergency management
- Health and community
- Planning and building
- Business continuity.
Adaptation annual implementation plans are developed to implement the strategy. In 2014-2017, actions for WAGA include ongoing work to develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for adaptation performance, through ‘How Well Are We Adapting?’, and providing assistance to WAGA councils for their own adaptation projects.
Here is what climate change adaptation might look like in the WAGA region:
WAGA Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2013-2020 – Action Plan (268 downloads)
WAGA Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2013-2020 – Full Report (250 downloads)