Riverina Murray

Riverina Murray Integrated Regional Vulnerability Analysis and Enabling Regional Adaptation

In 2012 the south-western corner of NSW, including the urban centres of Wagga Wagga, Albury and Griffith, was examined in the Riverina Murray Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessment (IRVA). 

Eight workshops, covering human services, landscapes and ecosystems, industries, settlements and infrastructure, and emergency management were held with regional officers and decision-makers, whose local knowledge provided the basis for the collaborative planning outlined in the resulting two reports:

  • Riverina Murray IRVA Vol. 1 (PDF 1 MB) outlines the process for identifying regional climate-change vulnerabilities across different sectors and canvasses action to reduce them through a coordinated response.
  • Riverina Murray IRVA Vol. 2 (PDF 783 KB) presents the detailed results of the eight workshops.

Throughout 2016 the Western Enabling Regional Adaptation (WERA) project took place in Central West Orana, Far West, New England North West and Riverina Murray state planning regions. Over 300 regional decision makers were engaged to identify how the expected impacts of climate change may affect local communities, and identify opportunities to respond.

The Enabling Regional Adaptation (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 Riverina Murray systems to a more resilient future, have been developed for:

  • Small communities
  • Land management
  • Riverine ecosystems
  • River-based tourism
  • Mixed farming
  • Irrigated agriculture
  • Energy

Western Enabling Regional Adaptation Riverina Murray Report (PDF 2.6MB)

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