Governance and legislative issues for critical infrastructure adaptation to climate change

Case study – Ports
Infrastructure Climate change mitigation Ports Climate change adaptation Climate risk

The purpose of this case study is to explore whether the existing governance and legislative frameworks that apply to Victorian ports facilitate climate change adaptation by the ports. Do the arrangements mandate, encourage or hinder port owners and operators to take measures to adapt to climate change? Answering this question will involve consideration of adaptation legislation – legislative provisions which are focussed on climate change adaptation - and adaptive legislation – provisions which are capable of responding to the effects of climate change but are not necessarily climate change specific. The case study will extrapolate the learnings for ports to critical infrastructure more broadly to assess whether there are synergies in applying adaptation governance and legislative frameworks across critical infrastructure. The paper will conclude by suggesting how existing frameworks may be maximised to enable adaptation

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