SA recognised for climate change efforts

Date posted: 27 June 2013

South Australia has been recognised as a national leader in climate change.

The State Government and the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has topped a highly competitive field to share the government category in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility’s Climate Adaptation Champion Awards.

And Eyre Peninsula farmer Brian Foster has been named the winner of the individual category of the Climate Adaptation Champions awards.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter says the awards acknowledge the state’s efforts in tackling climate change.

“We have been rewarded for our unique regional approach in the Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia, which enables local leaders to prosper in a changing climate,” he says.

“Climate change will affect all of us, so it’s vital that people from all industries and sectors are involved in planning to deal with it. Collaborative leadership between the State Government and the LGASA has been one of the keys to our success, recognised by this Champions Award.

“The individual award recognises Mr Foster – a member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and co-chair of the Drought Response Taskforce – as a leader in rural and regional adaptation to climate change,” says the Minister.

LGASA President David O'Loughlin says the Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia recognises the need for decision-making at the local level.

”The practical support provided in the LGASA’s Guidelines for Integrated Climate Change Adaptation gives local leaders the ability to do this,” says Mr O’Loughlin.

“The program establishes collaboration between industries, communities, regional bodies and Local and State governments to better cope with the impacts of climate change.”

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility drives a national interdisciplinary effort to generate the information needed by government and community decision-makers. The Climate Adaptation Champions Award presentation was held as part of the National Adaptation Conference in Sydney.

Visit www.nccarf.edu.au for more information on the Climate Adaptation Champions Awards.

More information about South Australia's leading climate change programs can be found at www.sa.gov.au/climatechange and www.lga.sa.gov.au/goto/climatechange

For further comment: Mary Ann Stenberg, LGA Media Officer, 0428 860 274.

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