Project Overview

Our environment is sensitive to climate variations. We only have to look back over the last few years to see how the climate is changing. We have experienced extreme weather events - droughts, floods and bushfires - across large areas of Australia. With increasing evidence that we can expect more of the same, we need to take action to adapt our environment, systems and society.

Adapting to climate change is a relatively new concept to many. It is important to learn from practitioners who are undertaking adaptation activities that are beginning to have tangible outcomes. Documenting examples of good practice and identifying the criteria that makes them work, enables those interested in adaptation to learn about how to take action.

Over the last decade a number of local governments, corporations and community groups have taken steps to manage the impacts of climate change. As a result, there is an emerging body of practices and tools that provide potential exemplars for practitioners and organisations considering ways to deal with the risks from climate change impacts.

To help practitioners learn from the experience of others, the Adaptation Good Practice project provides tangible, practical, real-life examples of adaptation processes or activities that could be used to leverage or model practices in other jurisdictions or organisations. Over 150 examples of adaptation good practice were sourced during an initial research phase, and out of these 16 were chosen to be showcased in the AGP project. These case studies considered climate change impacts including: sea level rise, coastal erosion, inundation/coastal flooding, rising saline water tables, and effects on biodiversity, agriculture, water management and coastal communities. These impacts are variously addressed through development and implementation of strategies, action plans, tools and on-ground actions in partnership with a range of organisations and generally supported by community engagement programs.