The Australian Government has set the path for future climate resilience, with the release today of a national strategy.
Today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, I launched Australia’s National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy that builds on our nation’s innovative response to extreme weather and climate variability.
The strategy gives Australia the opportunity to share the great work being done across priority sectors including our coastline, cities and the built environment, agriculture, water resources and natural ecosystems.
The strategy is part of a suite of Government policies to manage the risks of climate change, and complements Australia’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
It highlights adaptation and resilience-building activities developed by Australian businesses, communities and all levels of government.
It also proposes a set of principles to guide our future choices and includes some ideas for further enhancing the resilience of our communities, businesses, biodiversity and landscapes.
The Australian Government has established an interagency working group to consider cross-cutting impacts of climate change and disaster risks, and to lead future consultation with business and communities about the strategy.
The National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy is online available at: http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/adaptation/strategy