Councils, Communities and Climate Change Adaptation

Councils communities and climate change CM

Climate change is already impacting councils and communities  Around New Zealand, people are starting to grapple with the challenges of increasing sea levels, groundwater levels, and more severe flood events. As well as impacting on infrastructure, these will have significant societal implications both in the short term and long term. In the near future, many councils will need to start engaging with exposed communities about what this might mean. 

This three-part webinar series draws from the Climate-Adaptive Communities research project of the Deep South national science challenge. The research included a survey of councils and case studies of several local authority areas that are exposed to climate change impacts. We looked at how councils are engaging with their communities, how communities (especially those more susceptible to harm) may be affected, and what adaptation initiatives are already being undertaken by iwi and communities. 

Director of the Centre for Sustainability Dr Janet Stephenson, along with Grace Hall, Sophie Bond, and Gradon Diprose will be your presenters on these essential topics. 

Sponsored by The Deep South, these webinars are offered free of charge.

Furthermore, as part of this work we have produced 2 short videos, a council briefing document, and a cartoon, to help in conveying key messages to a broad audience of councils, communities, and government. These are available to be part of the package of webinars.

To register for this series, please email equip.pd@lgnz.co.nz. Click the links below to find out more about each webinar. 

Useful links

https://www.deepsouthchallenge.co.nz/projects/climate-adaptation-vulnerability-and-community-well-being

Date updated: 11 July 2019