National Climate Change Adaptation Framework
About the framework
This framework will guide action by jurisdictions over the next five to seven years to (summary of actions provided at Annex 1):
- support decision-makers with practical guides and tools to assist in managing climate change impacts
- establish a new centre for climate change adaptation to provide decision-makers with robus and relevant information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation options
- provide, for the first time, climate change projections and regional scenarios at scales relevant to decision-makers
- generate the knowledge to understand and manage climate change risks to water resources, biodiversity, coasts, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, human health, tourism, settlements and infrastructure
- work with stakeholders in key sectors to commence developing practical strategies to manage the risks of climate change impacts
- assess the implications of climate change and possible adaptations for important regions such as the Murray-Darling Basin, south-west Western Australia, the tropical north, and the drying regions of eastern Australia.
All governments recognise that adaptation is a long-term agenda and that it will take time to quantify risks of climate change impacts and to build capacity to minimise costs and to take advantage of any benefits.