Developing adaptive risk management for our changing climate, 2011-12

The CCRI undertook two workshops on adaptive risk management, as they relate to council decision-making on changing climate risks. This project was conducted in partnership with Tasman District Council and the Nelson City Council and funded by an Envirolink Grant which aimed at helping councils apply existing knowledge held by scientists on regional environmental issues.

The purpose of workshops was:

  • To establish better ways of communicating between experts, decision-makers and communities about changing climate risks and thus build more resilience through awareness and preparation.
  • To identify the key factors in local government planning and management processes that can help develop more community and organisational resilience in the face of increased risks.
  • To discuss a range of options for addressing changing climate risk by councils.
  • To develop a framework for integrating across short-term and long-term environmental planning and asset and infrastructure management which avoids potential ‘maladaptation’ and is effective in responding to changing climate risks over space and time.

The workshops conducted at Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council (both unitary authorities) were designed for professional practitioners in local government in both environmental and infrastructure services management, and for elected councillors and the business community.

The focus of the workshops was on the particular planning and management needs of councils in building community understanding and adaptive behaviours that can remain responsive over time to the dynamic nature of the climate risks. Both strategic and specific approaches were discussed including the regulatory environment, the barriers and opportunities, processes, methods, tools, data, communications and decisions across all types of council decision-making.

The workshops were based on the assumption that the present devolved institutional arrangements for responding to the key climate risks continue, and explored how this may be supported by either working within these arrangements, or developing new arrangements through local and central government actions.

Project report (June 2012) pdf1.45MB