Climate Change Guide
Extensive work has already occurred across South Australia by councils to develop regional climate change adaptation plans. However, moving from planning to on-ground action has proved challenging. This experience resonates with local scale adaptation around the world.
While collaboration and leadership on climate change continues to be a focus at a regional scale, attention has moved to addressing local scale needs. There is growing recognition that the outcomes of regional planning processes need further refinement so that they can be readily implemented by individual councils.
Individual regional partners (including councils) need to determine what steps they should take to implement preferred options. As part of this, it is important to plan how to enable on-ground actions and reduce barriers to implementation.
The purpose of this Guide is therefore to assist local government to act on climate change. The Guide provides a framework for assessing current progress with adaptation and assistance in how to prioritise and implement actions.
This Guide was prepared by Legatus Group with support from the Local Government Association of SA and funding from the Local Government Research & Development Scheme.
The Guide complements a number of other climate change adaptation documents prepared for South Australia, including: (a) the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGA SA) Climate Adaptation Planning Guidelines (1), which is the recommended starting point for South Australian local government bodies undertaking adaptation: and, (b) the LGA SA’s Functional Guidance Documents. It builds on the Adaptation Planning Guidelines by providing a self-diagnosis step to gauge what progress has been made with adaptation action and what should be done next as well as providing an emphasis on options appraisal and implementation. Combined, these documents provide a broader framing for climate action in the local government sector.
Using the guideline
To begin using the guide please refer to “Overview and Orientation”. This asks users to consider where they are up to with implementing climate change action and directs users to the most relevant sections:
Orientation includes asking the following questions:
- What step in the adaptation action cycle is your council at?;
- What level of adaptation has your council completed?; and
- What barriers to progress have been identified following previous adaptation activities undertaken by your council?
The Guide has not been structured to be read from front to back in one sitting. Instead, it is expected that users will consult different sections depending on the outcomes of their self-diagnosis. As such, there is some repetition between sections.
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