Legatus Group values is partnerships with NRM Boards to address the most significant issues for regional communities and protect areas of significant biodiversity conservation value, such as roadside and remnant vegetation, river, coastal and marine environments and fragile soils. Legatus is taking a lead in the collaborative approach to climate change adaptation through the Regional Climate Change Sector Agreements and supports the Constituent Councils with Emergency Management Planning.
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.
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Guidelines for Climate Action - downloads
Murray Darling Association Presentation
The Murray Darling Association (MDA) is a membership based body representing local government and communities across the Murray Darling Basin.
The Basin covers 14 percent of the land mass of Australia.
There are 179 local government organisations across the Basin whose communities derive their wellbeing from the resources of the Basin.
Eighty-two of these organisations are currently members of the MDA
Local government must have the means and opportunity to participate in informing water policy.
To provide effective representation of local government and communities at state and federal level in the management of Basin resources by:
Seeking to influence government policy