To help local government staff manage potential risks arising from climate change, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has prepared the Guide to Climate Change Risk Assessment for NSW Local Government.
The guide will inform councils on:
- doing a qualitative climate-change risk assessment for the first time, using a standard approach
- refining previous risk assessments
- generating information for strategies on adapting to changing climate and making decisions in conditions of risk and uncertainty.
Regional vulnerability assessments
OEH has developed a process for coordinating responses to climate change across multiple agencies and regions.
The Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessment (IRVA) initiative uses local knowledge to identify potential threats and possible options.
Regional climate data
The latest climate data for each region are available to help councils understand their exposure to local climate variability.