NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions
2013 Climate Adaptation Champions
Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) launched the annual Climate Adaptation Champions Awards in 2011 to highlight the achievements of people taking concrete steps to change behaviour, techniques, businesses practices and policies to adapt to an uncertain future. We looked for people, businesses and organisations who are champions of practical and innovative ways to adapt to climate change.
With the growing awareness among the Australian public about the threat climate change poses, the Champions are evidence that people at all levels of the community are getting on with the job of adapting to climate change.
This year’s field of 22 nominations made it difficult to choose only one winner in each category so the judges have selected 5 additional submissions to be highly commended. The panel looked for projects and people demonstrating innovation and leadership in adapting to climate change, especially initiatives that can be applied more widely.
The 2013 NCCARF Adaptation Champions are:
Business: Sydney Water for incorporating climate risks into their long term planning to deliver water to more than 4 million people annually.
Community: Green Cross for the Harden Up Program providing innovative online resources to assist Queenslanders to prepare for and manage severe weather events.
Government: South Australia State Government and South Australia Local Government Association for their partnership in the SA Climate Adaptation program which has shown long term commitment to enact climate adaptation policies for South Australia.
Individual: Brian Foster for his continued service to NRM groups and farm communities on the Eyre Peninsula.
Among the many excellent nominations the panel singled out the following to be highly commended:
• Business- Statewide Mutual
• Government- York and Mid North Regional Alliance
• Government- The Urban Landscapes Adaptation Program
• Government- Antarctica Climate and Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC)
• Individual- Elizabeth Dixon
Use the links below to navigate recent Adaptation Champion profiles. These profiles can be used to have a closer look at past Adaptation Champions, engage with multimedia content, and link to further information about the Adaptation Champions.
2012 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions
Individual Category: Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Pastoral Company for ‘Leadership of adaptation to climate change in Australia’s grazing industries’.
Business Category: Metcash Trading Ltd for its ‘Sustainability @ Metcash’ climate adaptation program.
Government Category: Department of Primary Industries, Victoria for its ‘Climate Extension Services‘ program.
Community Category: The ‘Making connections: landholders restoring connectivity in the Wet Tropics’ project.
2011 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions
A Queensland farmer, a Tasmanian journalist and a council planner from mid-coast NSW were among NCCARF’s first Climate Adaptation Champions.