New Zealanders can have their say from today on a proposed National Adaptation Plan to help communities across the country adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
Reforming resource management, bringing in laws to support managed retreat, and updating how the government handles emergencies are among the top priorities in the draft plan.
The plan aims at bringing down emissions and helping prevent the worst effects of climate change, but must also support communities already being hit by more extreme and more frequent weather events, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said.
Central Government does not bear all the costs under the proposal. The consultation asks how best to share risks and costs between property and asset owners, insurers, banks and local government as well.
It also asks for views on managed retreat and flood insurance, to ensure a joined-up approach to climate change adaptation. Continue reading