The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has released the first climate change risk assessment. This first national climate change risk assessment helps the Government identify where it needs to prioritise action. It is an important step towards making New Zealand more resilient.
The risk assessment:
- gives the first national picture of the risks New Zealand faces from climate change
- identifies 43 priority risks covering all aspects of life from our ecosystems and communities to buildings and the financial system
- groups risks according to five value domains: natural environment, human, economy, built environment, and governance
- identifies the 10 most significant risks that require urgent action in the next six years to reduce their impacts
- lays the foundation for a national adaptation plan which will outline the Government’s response to these risks.