Climate change is a key threatening process to natural systems and everything that relies on those systems. It will affect water cycles, soil processes, biodiversity, fire frequency and intensity and the spread of pests and disease. Communities that depend on these natural resources will need to adapt to maintain and improve their quality of life. A changing climate is a significant challenge to the sustainable management of natural resources and the department is proactive in addressing climate risk to achieve a sustainable natural resources base for the current and future generations of South Australians.
The department is responding to the challenges and opportunities of climate change and is working to achieve natural resources management systems that are adaptive and resilient to the impacts of climate change. Failure to adapt may expose South Australian landscapes to severe and long-term consequences, including reduced productivity, threats to biosecurity, less reliable water availability and the loss of unique and essential natural systems and species. Acting now will minimise the detrimental impacts of climate change and is likely to reduce costs in the long term.
The department is well positioned to contribute to South Australia’s response to a changing climate.
The department provides strategic policy advice, programs and support for a landscape scale approach to conservation and sustainable land use and management, in response to the challenges of climate change. This includes contributing to the delivery of the State Government's climate change strategies:
The department delivers climate change natural resources management projects in partnership with other government agencies, CSIRO, universities and industry: