North Coast

North Coast Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Enabling Regional Adaptation

In 2014 the North Coast's vulnerability to climate change was examined in the North Coast Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessment (IRVA).

Over 6 months, a series of seven workshops were held covering the human services, landscapes and ecosystems, industries, settlements and infrastructure, and emergency management sectors. During the process more than 100 regional administrators and local representatives worked together to understand the vulnerability of the region to the forecast effects of climate change.

The local knowledge gained from regional officers and decision-makers during the workshops has been incorporated into two reports:

  • North Coast IRVA Vol . 1 (PDF 1.6MB) identifies regional climate-change vulnerabilities and canvasses action to reduce them through a coordinated response.
  • North Coast IRVA Vol . 2 (PDF 0.9MB) presents the detailed results of the sector workshops.

Throughout 2018 the North Coast Enabling Regional Adaptation (NERA) project took place in the North Coast state planning region. Overall 166 regional decision makers were engaged to identify how the expected impacts of climate change may affect local communities, and identify opportunities to respond.

The ERA process:

  • provides a credible evidence base to inform government adaptation planning by developing regional understanding of the impacts of projected climate change and vulnerability for key systems
  • builds on the capacity of decision-makers to capture opportunities for regional climate change adaptation projects between sectors across local and state government.

Climate change adaptation pathways to transition key North Coast systems to a more resilient future, have been developed for:

  • Settlements and land-use planning
  • Resilient communities
  • Cultural heritage
  • Biodiversity 
  • Emergency management
  • Food and agriculture
  • Infrastructure and water
  • Energy
  • Tourism.

North Coast Enabling Regional Adaptation Report (PDF 4.3MB)

For further information on the ERA process, contact adapt.NSW@environment.nsw.gov.au.