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.
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.
The South Australian Government’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Towards a Resilient State: South Australian Government’s Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan outlines 15 priority adaptation action areas that are critical to the continued prosperity of South Australia. It identifies 65 actions to strengthen the state’s economy, safeguard the stability and continuity of government services, empower communities to increase their resilience, and maintain the health and wellbeing of South Australians in a changing climate.
The Plan builds on the partnership approach to adaptation planning and collaboration with our regions. The Plan corresponds to the common themes identified by regions in their adaptation planning, such as planning and policy, emergency management, water management, health and coasts.
The delivery of the Plan will ensure the resilience of state government services, enable a transition to low carbon economy, and provide a clear sense of direction for a prosperous future in a changing climate.