Adaptation efforts deal with the consequences of climate change that cannot be avoided. It involves taking practical actions to manage risks from climate impacts, to protect communities and strengthen the resilience of the economy and environment.
Planning for coastal changes
Council is working with the Queensland Government as part of QCoast 2100 program to plan for and respond to current and future coastal changes from erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise.
In the “Our Cairns Coast: Adapting for the future” project, we are developing a strategy to address long-term climate-related coastal change for our community, businesses and infrastructure.
Council works closely with the Local Disaster management Group to help the region to prevent, plan, respond and recover from a range of natural disasters made worse by a changing climate.
Natural areas management
Ecosystem resilience to climate change pressures is supported by focusing Council's management efforts on pest management and revegetation of at-risk habitats and wildlife corridors.
Council is working to reduce water use and secure supply to meet a growing population in the face of a changing climate.