Climate adaptation

Our award winning Embedding Adaptation Project developed a suite of decision-making tools and a training package which assist staff in incorporating adaptation into their working role.  The resources are available for use and modification by other local councils. 

The project was funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Victorian Adaptation Sustainability Partnership grant program, and in 2017 was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Awards – Local Government Climate Action Award. 

On 2 June 2020, Yarra Council endorsed its first Climate Emergency Plan that sets out our priorities and proposed actions for the next four years. The Plan contains the strategic priority ‘Create a Climate Adapted City’.

What is climate adaptation?

Climate adaptation is the process of planning, preparing and responding to make sure the adverse impacts of global heating are minimised and we survive and thrive in the face of a changing climate.  

Our planet’s climate is already too hot, with dangerous heatwaves, droughts, storms and flooding becoming more intense and destructive. It is widely understood by the world’s leading climate scientists that the unprecedented rate of global heating is destroying ecosystems, raising sea levels and undermining food and water security for many of the world’s people. 

It is not only a problem for the future - impacts are being felt here and now. These impacts will dramatically worsen as global temperatures continue to increase.

Benefits of climate adaptation

While the impacts of global heating pose significant challenges, they also present an opportunity to create a more climate resilient city that improves liveability. 

The creation of green, cool, climate adapted spaces are key responses to alleviate the impacts of global heating. They also provide considerable physical and mental health benefits to help people cope with the impacts of a changing climate. 

Fostering stronger social connections and collective capability will assist the community to anticipate, cope with and recover from stresses and shocks in all forms, including those associated with global heating e.g. power disruption, rising food and energy prices.  

Resources for embedding adaptation