Adapting to Climate Change

Despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, impacts from climate change are inevitable.  Adapting to climate change involves planning and action by individuals, communities and businesses to cope with the effects of a changing climate. We seek to address these impacts and take into account the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change, so that we can all prosper in the future.

Why do we need to adapt to climate change?

Projections for South Australia indicate warmer and drier conditions and sea level rise across much of the state with an increased risk of severe weather events including storms, flooding, heatwaves, drought and bushfires.

These changes will affect our individual health and wellbeing, along with the key industries and resources that underpin the state's economy.

South Australia's climate change adaptation framework

South Australia’s adaptation framework Prospering in Changing Climate: A Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia was released in 2012. It is a foundation for guiding business, the community, non-government organisations, the research sector, local governments and state government agencies to develop well-informed and timely adaptation responses.

The framework was developed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), in partnership with the Premier's Climate Change Council, the Natural Resources Management Council and other government agencies.

Watch Minister for Climate Change Ian Hunter explain how the SA Government is working with regional communities on climate adaptation. Exclusive interview courtesy of The Climate Group.

Government Action Plan

As part of this initiative, a Government Action Plan outlines the roles that the government will play in implementing the adaptation framework.

The framework supports a region-based approach, through the development of locally relevant adaptation responses across the South Australian government regions recognising that the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change will vary across the state.

Find out more about regional adaptation planning and progress in each region.