Adaptation Planning | Communities


Climate change threatens community cohesion. As climate disasters worsen, unique suburbs and communities may not be able to hold together. Early adaptation can help us maintain our identity and increase our resilience.

Local and regional councils are at the coal face of climate change, as they bear much of the responsibility for adapting to and mitigating its impacts.

Councils have to incorporate climate change into existing frameworks, plans, projects and decisions, and need to make sure that all community members have a say in decisions that affect them and their way of life.

There is still a long way to go and a lot of work to do. To be effective, climate adaptation requires a diverse range of research, policy and action.

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The Deep South Challenge is only one organisation among many doing important climate research. We encourage you to check out these organisations:


Jacqui Hastie

Engagement specialist

We need to think creatively and stay open to new opportunities.

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