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Coastal climate change adaptation

The South Australian Government adopted the Coast Protection Board’s Policy on coast protection and new coastal development in 1991.  The components of this policy relevant to coastal development and land use were incorporated into the South Australia’s planning system in 1994.

In adopting this policy, South Australia became the first Australian jurisdiction to adopt a policy which included adaptation to climate change. A key aspect of this policy is the inclusion of allowances for climate change-induced sea level rise to be factored into new coastal development.  It requires that development be protected up-front against 0.3m of SLR (projected for 2050), but be capable of being protected against a further 0.7m of SLR (projected for 2100).

The Coast Protection Board factors in the need to adapt to a changing climate into every aspect of its work.  The Board’s role in assisting South Australia’s climate change adaptation is part of South Australia’s climate change strategy 2015 – 2050:  Towards a low carbon economy.

 

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