Queensland launches climate adaptation plan

The Queensland Government has announced the launch of a new plan for the adaptation of the state’s biodiversity and ecosystems to combat the effects of climate change.

State Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Climate Adaptation Plan identified priority measures for the management of climate change impacts on Queensland’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems.

“The plan supports a future of more collaborative problem-solving, planning and strategic implementation of actions by governments, the private sector and civil society to minimise the negative impacts of climate change on Queensland’s unique biodiversity and ecosystems,” Minister Enoch said.

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility’s (NCCARF) Dr Sarah Boulter and consultant ecologist, Dr Cath Moran, who led development of the plan, welcomed the response from the diverse stakeholders of Queensland’s biodiversity and ecosystems sector in contributing to the plan by identifying sector-specific climate risks, gaps and barriers, and principles and steps for adaptation action.

“The feedback from stakeholders was critical in developing the Plan’s underlying adaptation principles, and identifying five action areas to build the sector’s capacity to incorporate climate change adaptation into management decisions and practices,” Dr Boulter, Senior Research Fellow, NCCARF, said.

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