National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy
The Strategy defines national climate resilience as having three main elements: "global action to reduce emissions; effective adaptation research, planning and action at the national and sub-national levels; and programmes to limit or remove other human pressures on systems affected by climate change" (p.13).
The Strategy includes a wide range of adaptation and resilience initiatives across key sectors, among others: coasts; cities and the built environment; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; water resources; natural ecosystems; health and wellbeing; and disaster risk management. It proposes four main priorities to guide engagement with business and civil society:
- Understand & communicate - improve understanding and awareness of climate change risks, and find the most effective options to manage the risks and their optimal timing;
- Plan & act - assess risks and available options, plan and implement responses to climate change risks;
- Check & reassess - regularly evaluate progress towards building resilience and climate change adaptation, including progress under the National Climate Change Adaptation Framework (a non-binding framework from 2007);
- Collaborate & learn - cooperate to identify and remove barriers to action, identify emerging risks and interdependencies, and share learning and successes.