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Preparing for climate change

Last updated: 01 November 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: Complete development of a Climate Change Action Plan in collaboration with the community to build resilience to climate change risks in Canterbury.

How are we doing: The ‘It’s Time Canterbury’ campaign went live across the region early in 2023, featuring print, digital, radio and social media advertising. We are in the early phases of planning the next It’s Time, Canterbury campaign and associated activities for this financial year. Since the close of the last campaign (Mar-June 2023), we have been working on reporting the results. Reaching the targets for increasing engagement with supporters, Facebook followers and newsletter subscribers is well on track. Website sessions are up 30% over the same period last year. 

Work is progressing to develop a region-wide Canterbury Climate Partnership Plan in collaboration with Canterbury councils, with planning workshops hosted by the Canterbury Climate Change Working Group (CCWG), to long-list and analyse climate actions. The CCWG and Reference Group will continue to finalise and prioritise climate actions as well as developing funding, monitoring and evaluation plans to begin drafting the partnership plan. 

Our Climate Action Plan is progressing well. During quarter one, staff undertook public engagement through the What’s our Future, Canterbury to help understand community views on climate change, as well as internal staff engagement to identify potential climate actions. Next steps include developing online engagement materials and in-person workshops to help identify, analyse and prioritise climate actions, incorporating community and stakeholder feedback. 

On track

How are we doing on our key initiatives?

Support organisational climate risk reporting (for Environment Canterbury)

How are we doing: Staff conducted a review of draft deliverables. Revisions to the report resulted in an extension to report due date.  

On track

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