The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group presents this stocktake report on climate change in New Zealand, its impacts, and current climate adaptation measures and efforts done in the country.
New Zealand is feeling the effects of climate change. According to the report, the country’s average temperature has increased by around 1°C over the last century and will continue to do so. Climate change will have severe impacts on New Zealand’s coastal communities, cities, infrastructure, human health, ecosystems, oceans, and the economy.
To address climate change and build resilience, the government asked the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group was asked to do a stocktake report.
The report contains a summary of the impacts of climate change in the country, the current work on climate adaptation, and identify gaps and knowledge that will serve as the basis for the following adaptation measures in the future.
The report contains two parts. The first part describes climate change in New Zealand, the climate-related changes the country can expect, and its impacts on various areas of society such as the natural and built environment (infrastructure, homes, commercial assets, etc.); society and culture; and economy.
The second part discusses the country’s response to climate change through a stock-take on what the various sectors of the governments and society are doing in terms of climate adaptation.
This report will be a steppingstone and a basis for the second report on New Zealand’s option to build resilience against climate change.
Click on the link below to read the entire report:
Adapting to Climate Change in New Zealand. (2017, December). Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group. Ministry for the Environment. Retrieved from https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/adapting-to-climate-change-stocktake-tag-report-final.pdf