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​Planning for a changing climate including extreme and adverse events

The Challenge

There will be increased climate related vulnerability and stress into the future for natural and human systems as a result of on-going changes in the climate as the earth warms. 

This may result in changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent and duration of extreme climate events, such as more frequent and damaging heavy rainfall or drought.  

The more frequent extreme events are expected to result in the growth in economic and social impacts, including the potential for loss of life and , loss and damage to production and assets. 

The impacts from a changing climate events requires developing business and social processes for pre-emptively managing and adapting to potential future climate events, in order to: 

  • improve business, social and personal resilience;
  • reduce vulnerability to the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of climate change on people’s land, businesses, families, hapu and communities and Iwi. 

These pages summarise methods for proactively adapting to on-going climate change and occurrences of extreme events.

These pages are a guide to get you started on your climate change adaptation journey. There is a wealth of other information and resources that are available via the internet, consultants, Governments, NGO's, International organisations, Universities and research organisations that can be accessed.  

These pages do not, and cannot, replace expert, and personalised advice and support, especially in post event situations. Please seek help from appropriate sources.​

We use the United Kingdom's business adaption planning wizard (UKCIP) as a framework for demonstrating the processes required for businesses to effectively prepare for a changing future climate.

Effective adaptation planning will reduce the social and economic impacts of climate change on business.





The Projections of New Zealand's Climate page provides an introduction to the wealth of information about the future projections of climate in NZ. 

The Climate Related Risk page introduces how risk to climate change is constructed, introducing concepts of exposure, sensitivity, impact, adaptive capacity and vulnerability. 

The Risk Governance page introduces risk governance frameworks, using ISO 31000 principles and processes for risk management, that provide for a systematic evaluation of how to respond to risks, in terms of evaluating effort and resources into disaster management, risk reduction and risk transfer. 

The Managing the Risk page is a summary of the five step UKCIP adaptation process. Each step is annotated with details on methods and resources from UKCIP and New Zealand.  

The Resilience pages introduces business resilience, building on the current ISO business resilience standard work (at time of writing, Jan 2017, it was in the Final Draft International standard stage), as well as from NZ research centres: Resilient Organisations;  Joint Centre for Disaster Research, which includes the International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience; Employee Resilience Research. Many of these reports have captured critical learning's from natural disasters such as the Canterbury earthquakes.


The Coping page provides some links to advice for post-event management.



These pages is a short summary adapted from significant research undertaken across the world. Key reports and sources that have informed this summary are the IPCC Special report: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate change Adaptation (SREX), some of the research from the MPI SLMACC programme, the 2016 New Zealand Climate Change Projections report, the UKCIP programme, Resilient Organisations, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, The Employee Resilience Centre,  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the APA. The attribution to the underpinning research can be found in the reports and websites referenced.

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