Share your views on how Aotearoa New Zealand can become more climate resilient

Published: 05 May 2022

A national plan is being put together to help Aotearoa New Zealand minimise damage from a changing climate.

The Government has released the draft National Adaptation Plan for engagement and feedback until 3 June.

The draft plan sets out coordinated and comprehensive actions for New Zealand to adapt to the locked-in impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events. It’s a cross-government plan, led by the Ministry for Environment, that draws together existing and proposed actions to support adaptation.

The consultation also includes policy proposals for managed retreat, which is the careful and planned movement of people, buildings and sites from areas at high risk of climate change impacts, and proposals relating to home flood insurance.

With recent modelling indicating that sea levels are rising twice as fast as previously understood in some parts of Aotearoa, it is more important than ever to have your say on the draft National Adaptation Plan and proposals on managed retreat and flood insurance.

NZ SeaRise website(external link)

The consultation is being held entirely online due to COVID-19. It includes a number of workshops and webinars for a range of sectors and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Everyone is encouraged to provide feedback.

This is New Zealand’s first National Adaptation Plan. The Plan will be reviewed by the Climate Change Commission every 2 years, and a new Plan will be published every 6 years.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in February 2021, that while climate change is a big threat to the wellbeing of people and the planet, acting now can secure our future.

Last updated: 05 May 2022