Adaptation Planning | National Planning


Climate adaptation law and policy in Aotearoa is changing quickly.

The Ministry for the Environment is currently working on a National Adaptation Plan, due in 2022, to respond to the most urgent of our climate risks.

Major reform of the Resource Management Act is also underway, with a standalone Managed Retreat and Climate Change Adaptation Act proposed. This Act may establish an adaptation fund to enable central and local government to support climate adaptation, as well as deal with the legal and technical issues involved in managed retreat.

However, a wide range of legislation and guidance has a role to play in either helping or hindering climate adaptation. The resources in this section explore national policy and planning solutions for climate adaptation.

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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:


Tim Ng

Treasury NZ

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Sea level rise and the law: Who is liable?

Who pays to adapt to climate change: local, regional or national government, or private citizens?