Assessing Climate Risk, a Practical Step for Local Government

January 11, 2024

In the face of Australia’s changing climate, local governments are confronted with unprecedented challenges that impact communities, staff members, operations, supply chains, economies and infrastructure.

As temperatures rise, rainfall patterns change, and extreme weather events become more frequent and severe, it is imperative that local governments proactively assess climate risks and strengthen resilience. To effectively prepare for the unavoidable impacts, councils must understand the specific challenges posed by climate change and adopt strategies that promote sustainability, profitability, and overall community resilience.

The first practical step in building climate resilience is the identification and assessment of the risks posed by climate change to council assets and services. Given that each region faces unique challenges, it is essential for councils to understand both the current and predicted location-specific changes in climate. Thorough assessments provide insights into the vulnerabilities of communities and infrastructure, enabling the development of targeted strategies for adaptation and risk management.

By understanding the specific risks faced, councils can enhance their preparedness, minimise potential damage and exposure, and reduce the economic burden of climate-related events. Adopting a proactive approach to adaptation planning, budgeting, and community engagement ensures efficient allocation of resources to address the most pressing risks. This empowers councils to make informed decisions, prioritise action, and guide decision-making processes that promotes long-term sustainability. Moreover, focusing on climate resilience can stimulate local economies by attracting funding, creating jobs, and fostering innovation in sustainable practices.

To support local governments in their efforts to assess climate risks and build resilience, Cress Consulting offers tailored solutions that equips you with the necessary knowledge and tools to identify, assess and evaluate risks, strategically plan for adaptation, and engage stakeholders effectively. We are committed to helping you manage climate risks, proactively respond to challenges and develop tangible actions over the short, medium, and long term.

With our extensive experience in climate risk and resilience, Cress is ideally positioned to support local governments in navigating the complexities of climate change and laying the foundation for a sustainable and resilient future, contacts us to find out more.

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