This report aims to identify priority needs over the next few years in developing knowledge on how governments, businesses and communities can best adapt to climate change risks.
Development of National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans is a key function of NCCARF. These Plans (referred to as NARPs) are produced for nine key sectors where adaptation response will be critical in safeguarding against climate risks to social, economic and environmental wellbeing. The purpose of a NARP is to identify priority needs over the next few years in developing knowledge on how governments, businesses and communities can best adapt to climate change risks. They provide a national blueprint for research investment by research organisations and knowledge user stakeholders. Development of NARPs involves the active contribution of both the research community and adaptation knowledge users.
The NARP for Settlements and Infrastructure (Settlements NARP) is concerned with identifying priority research questions for climate change adaptation issues relevant to Australia’s cities, towns and regions, including coastal communities and regions. Research focused on these priority questions should support governments, building and land owners, community organisations and individuals to make sound decisions about adaptation initiatives for climate change issues they face or anticipate. These decisions should be able to take advantage of opportunities for settlements and infrastructure that result from climate change and to reduce unavoidable detrimental climate change impacts.
The Settlements NARP has been revisited in 2012 and the priority research questions have been updated to ensure currency and to provide guidance for research investment over the next five years.
Authored by Ron Cox, Darren McEvoy, Greg Allen, Averil Bones and Richard McKellar.