Climate change is a key consideration for the whole of government as managers and custodians of civic infrastructure. The likely impacts of climate change need to be understood to ensure an appropriate organisational and community planning response.
The City’s Climate Change Strategy 2010-2015 provides an extension to the City’s participation in the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) Cities for Climate Protection program.
The focus of the Strategy is managing the City’s risk and vulnerability to the actual and potential impacts of climate change. It encompasses the themes of leadership, adaptation (to the impacts), and mitigation (reduction of carbon emissions). Action plans addressing the three themes direct effort toward the achievement of the objectives of the Strategy.
During 2016-2017 the City, in partnership with Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, will be undertaking a Flood Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of the City’s northern foreshore with the aim of producing a Floodplain Development Strategy.
This project will provide the City with updated modelling and mapping of the northern foreshore, with consideration of the effects of climate change, to inform and develop mitigation strategies and decision-making on proposed land use and development of flood prone land.
Risk assessment and adaptation to climate change report
In June 2010, the City embarked upon a series of organisation-wide workshops designed to develop a risk assessment for climate change impacts. This trial project, a first in Western Australia, was facilitated by the Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) and Echelon Australia Pty Ltd. The purpose of the project was to undertake a review and assessment of the City’s risks in terms of the effects of actual or potential climate change impacts.
This assessment as represented in the delivered Part A and Part B Reports, forms a baseline for the City, and will provide the necessary reference for future and ongoing reviews of the City’s exposure to these risks.
The nine recommendations are:
- Raise awareness of climate change risks within the City and community to enhance decision-making and build community resilience as part of ongoing communication and consultation
- Review identified extreme and high risks and adaptation options
- Develop detailed adaptation plans including required actions, resources, timeframes and expected outcomes
- Categorise adaptation plans into e.g. short (< 1 year), medium (1–3 years) and long term (> 3 years)
- Review all risk assessments including medium and low risks on a regular basis
- Consideration of new climate change risks when reviewing risk assessments, or as and when they arise
- Consideration of changes in relevant climate change data, operating environment, legislation, economy, demographics, and other relevant factors when reviewing risk assessments and adaptation plans
- Inclusion of climate change risk management and adaptation plans into strategic and other management planning processes
- Inclusion of climate change risk management results into the City’s continuous improvement processes.