The wellbeing of all Victorians is directly connected to the health of our environment, the quality of our infrastructure and services, and the strength of our economy. Changes in our climate may put each of these assets under pressure.
Victoria is supporting national action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintaining its important role of managing and adapting to climate risks and supporting the Victorian economy under national policy settings.
'Climate change adaptation' means preparing for climate challenges, ensuring risks are managed and that we can adapt and maximise opportunities.
The Victorian Government is leading the way by helping Victoria prepare and adapt. In 2013 the Government released the first comprehensive Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan. It sets out how the Government is managing climate risks to our natural assets, essential infrastructure and services such as our waterways, transport systems, and our healthcare and emergency response systems. It shows that to be most effective, climate change adaptation requires government, businesses and the community to work together.
A key commitment in the Adaptation Plan is the delivery of a Climate Change Adaptation Memorandum of Understanding with local government, which was signed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Chair of the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Ministerial Advisory Committee on 24 September 2014. The MoU represents an important step forward in the evolution of the relationship between state and local government on climate change adaptation, establishing a strong, shared foundation to continue to work together to clarify responsibilities.
Eighteen months into implementing the Adaptation Plan, the Victorian Government is delivering better climate risk planning, stronger leadership and partnerships with local government. The Victorian Government is integrating climate risk planning across portfolios from transport, environment and agriculture to health and emergency management. To find out more about progress since the release of the plan, read Building a Climate Resilient Victoria – Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Progress Report.
Further information about climate change science, data and the 2012 independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 can be found at www.climatechange.vic.gov.au