The purpose of this document is to provide local and state government officials with guidance on the process of effectively considering climate change impacts in policy development and delivery, with an emphasis on place-based adaptation. The guide is an introduction to a suite of widely applicable processes and methods relevant for assessing and responding to existing and potential future climate change impacts on Victoria’s communities, natural and built assets.

The process of adapting to climate change impacts is not new to most organisations. Businesses, governments and whole sectors have always managed risks and adapted their operations in response to changing weather patterns and climatic conditions. However, with more rapid climatic change and an increasing understanding of the potential future changes to our climate, planned and proactive adaptation has become more critical to ensure local communities, economies and ecosystems remain viable into the future.


This document has been obtained from the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) online knowledge hub hosted by the University of Melbourne and has been listed in the Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation with the permission of the Climate Change Programs division of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Professor Rod Keenan, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne. The VCCCAR program funded by the Victorian Government via the then Department of Environment and Primary Industries (later changed to DELWP), ceased activity in June 2014.

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