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Climate Resilient Communities of the Barwon South West

The Climate Resilient Communities of the Barwon South West project (the CRC Project) is a joint collaboration between 10 local governments, the Victorian Government and a range of partners. The project aims to help communities throughout the Barwon South West region understand what risks or opportunities might be presented by future extreme weather events.

The CRC Project is being delivered in two key parts: Phase One and Phase Two. Phase One was completed in 2014 and included a climate science review, a planning action review and range of strategic discussions to identify priority projects to manage climate risks. Recommended projects, now being delivered by Phase Two, are captured in the Phase One Report. Examples include the development of Climate Adaptation Plans for councils involved in the project and the development of this portal.

More information on the CRC project can be found at http://www.swclimatechange.com.au/cb_pages/climate_resilient_communities.php

Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority

The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment encompasses the Glenelg, Hopkins and Portland Coast Basins lying south of the Great Dividing Range in south western Victoria. The region 25,000 square kms, includes the cities and townships of Ballarat, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Ararat, Casterton, Mortlake, Port Fairy, Beaufort and Portland.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA has received Australian Government funding to develop an NRM plan for Climate Change to support the Glenelg Hopkins Regional Catchment Strategy 2013-19.

The NRM plan for Climate Change:

  • identifies priority landscapes for carbon plantings and strategies to build landscape integrity
  • guides adaptation and mitigation actions to address climate change impacts on natural ecosystems
  • helps to guide the location and nature of biodiverse plantings and revegetation activities optimise carbon co-benefits for biodiversity, water and agricultural production
  • uses the best available information to identify priority actions
  • was developed in collaboration with government, community and other stakeholders

The Glenelg-Hopkins NRM Plan for Climate Change can be viewed at http://www.swclimatechange.com.au/cb_pages/planning.php

Corangamite Catchment Managament Authority

Corangamite CMA is committed to healthy catchments and waterways. Established in 1997, The Corangamite CMA's goal is to ensure the protection and sustainable development of natural assets within a boundary stretching from Geelong to Ballarat and along the coast to Peterborough. To achieve this, the Corangamite CMA coordinates, facilitates and leads an integrated approach to the protection and enhancement of land, water and biodiversity of the Corangamite region by engaging and supporting the community and regional partners.

The Corangamite CMA has worked in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the Corangamite Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan for Climate Change. The plan is an enabling document with a key target audience being the region’s NRM planners and those working directing with the region’s NRM groups.

To achieve this, the plan:

  • Provides regional information on the projected changes in climate and its likely impact on the region’s natural assets
  • Provides guidance to the Corangamite CMA and other regional NRM agencies in developing adaptation and mitigation actions to address the impact of climate change on our region’s natural ecosystems
  • Identifies priority landscapes for carbon plantings and other carbon sequestration methods, as well as strategies to build landscape integrity
  • Provides guidance for regional decision-making, community engagement and research needs to improve understanding of the impact of climate change, and how we can manage those impacts.

The Corangamite NRM Plan for Climate Change can be viewed at http://v3au.zone-secure.net/drive/6990/255083/