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Despite global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is inevitable, and the impacts are already becoming apparent. Adaptation measures can help minimise the negative impacts of climate change and identify potential opportunities. Local governments are key providers of assets, infrastructure and services for Tasmanians, and have an important role to play in managing the impacts of climate change and helping to build more resilient communities.
The Tasmanian Climate Change Office maintains a close working relationship with local government in Tasmania and has delivered a number of important projects, tools and resources to assist with adaptation.
ClimateAsyst is a climate change analysis, risk assessment and communication tool that helps in the planning and management of Tasmania's built assets and infrastructure.
ClimateAsyst is available on the pitt&sherry website.
The Tasmanian Climate Change Office has developed a suite of training modules to help councils undertake or revisit their corporate and/or coastal adaptation planning. These modules provide project managers with a step-by-step approach to adaptation planning.
The Local Government Area Climate Profiles highlight significant local-level results from the Climate Futures for Tasmania project. The Profiles assist Tasmanian councils to understand the relevance of climate change projections in their area and inform their adaptation planning.
In recent years, there have been significant advances in our understanding of the expected impacts of climate change on Tasmania’s coast such as erosion, storm surge and inundation. To assist communities to plan for and adapt to these impacts, the Tasmanian Government has developed planning allowances and coastal hazard maps including:
Corporate adaptation plans for all 29 of Tasmania’s councils were developed through the Regional Councils Climate Adaptation Project (RCCAP). The plans identify and assess the climate change risk to council assets, infrastructure and services and develop adaptation options. With a clearer understanding of their exposure to climate change risks, councils can then consider them as part of broader risk management processes. The project was delivered by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office and the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority.
RCCAP also delivered regional adaptation strategies that identify common risks experienced by councils in the southern, north-west and northern regions of Tasmania. The strategies provide opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between councils and create economies of scale to more effectively address the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.
The TCAP project is a collaborative initiative between local government and the Tasmanian Government to build our understanding of the impacts of coastal hazards on our communities, and how we might best adapt.
The TCAP project has been delivered in three stages with nine Tasmanian councils. TCAP looks specifically at councils whose communities are vulnerable to climate-related coastal risks such as sea level rise, storm surge and erosion, and considers potential adaptation pathways in consultation with the community.
More information for local government is available on our Reducing local government greenhouse gas emissions page.