The Resilient Hills and Coasts Climate Change project, of which Council is a partner, was recognised recently as a finalist in the inaugural South Australian Climate Leaders Awards.
The awards, presented by the Premier's Climate Change Council, recognise those who take action to address climate change in South Australia. More than 40 entries were received, with eleven of the state's leading individuals and organisations named as finalists.
Resilient Hills and Coasts is a regional climate change adaptation project covering the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island region. Project partners are:
- Adelaide Hills Council
- Alexandrina Council
- City of Victor Harbor
- Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
- District Council of Yankalilla
- Kangaroo Island Council
- Mount Barker District Council
- Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
- Natural Resources Kangaroo Island
- Regional Development Australia - Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
- Southern & Hills Local Government Association
The primary aim of Resilient Hills and Coasts is to strengthen the resilience of our communities, economies and natural environment to respond and adapt to the changing climate – to both manage and mitigate risks, and also to pursue opportunities associated with our changing climate. Project partners, with input from community, business, government, industry and academia, completed the regional adaptation plan which was released in December 2016.
It is an important first step in raising awareness, and identifying regional priorities and proposed actions, and project partners intend to build on the momentum achieved so far to bring about meaningful action.
Since beginning two years ago, the project has explored community values and aspirations for the region, and completed climate projections and vulnerability assessments. As the first climate change plan for the region, the project has planted an awareness-raising seed that continues to grow and informal and anecdotal evidence suggests that the project is already demonstrating tangible outcomes.
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