Long-term planning is key to ensuring our communities are future proofed and resilient as we respond to climate change. Significant opportunities, challenges and risks lie ahead and our role is to help support communities and prepare our region for the future.
Climate change adaptation means taking action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in order to protect our environment, people and communities, and the economy. It will also ensure our buildings and infrastructure will withstand the challenges that may lie ahead. You can read more about climate adaptation from the Ministry for the Environment’s website, including New Zealand’s first national adaptation plan.
The climate change challenge underpinned the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan, ensuring it’s a focus for Regional Council planning and decision making. Climate change projections, adaptation and mitigation are key components of all regional strategy development, as are working with iwi, regional partners, community groups, local authorities and central government
As the climate changes, our focus is on maintaining healthy habitats and biodiversity, protecting them from agricultural and environmental pests and enabling the drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere through plant life.
As the climate changes, our focus is for Hawke’s Bay farmers and growers to be thriving and maximizing returns from resilient farming systems through smart, sustainable land use.
Wai (water) is a precious and finite resource. We need to ensure our aquatic ecosystems are protected and enhanced for all to safely enjoy as well as ensuring water use is sustainably prioritised.
We need to ensure our region has resilient physical, community and business infrastructure to unlock potential growth and prosperity for our region.
Taking the lead role in developing climate actions for Hawke’s Bay takes connections and leadership and we are working closely with our district and city councils.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is member of the Hawke’s Bay Region Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
The Hawke’s Bay community needs to be aware of the hazard risks we live with daily, so that people and organisations can be prepared, and recover quickly from any disruption to their lives. You can find hazard information in the following locations: http://www.hbemergency.govt.nz/hazards - summarises the hazards that put us at risk in future emergency events.
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