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Preparing for climate change

Last updated: 22 February 2023
Reporting frequency: Quarterly
Portfolio: Climate change and community resilience

In May 2019, Environment Canterbury declared a climate emergency, highlighting both the urgent need to address the issue, and the work already being done to help the region respond.

We are increasing our understanding of the risks from climate change and how we can adapt to them and transition to a low emissions future. We are building resilience to these risks by engaging with our partners, stakeholders and the community.

This work includes:

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Transition to a low emissions future
  • Organisational climate change risks and opportunities

More information about the climate change conversation for Canterbury can be found on the It’s time Canterbury website.

How are we tracking on our Levels of Service?

Level of Service 23: Raise awareness of how the community can be part of adapting to climate change.

To achieve this level of service we will:

  • 23.1 Provide information, advice, tools and resources through climate change communication projects.
  • 23.2 Increase the number of people who engage with our campaign about what climate change means in Canterbury.
  • 23.3 Develop a Climate Change Action Plan in collaboration with the community to build resilience to climate change risks in Canterbury.

How are we doing: We continue to make progress against these targets.

On track

How are we doing on our key initiatives?

Develop climate change action plan in collaboration with the community

How are we doing: The project plan, milestones and budget scope are being developed.

On track
Support organisational climate risk reporting (for Environment Canterbury)

How are we doing: The project required a contract variation in November 2022 to reflect the complexity in the risk rating and additional time requirements by consultant to complete analysis. The transition risks review is complete, and the physical risks review is delayed until early 2023.


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