Climate Change Adaptation Planning

The scale of potential climate change impacts will mean that mitigation may not be feasible, leaving adaptation as the only practical solution. Adaptation will involve changes to the way we currently utilise lands and assets.

Adaption to climate change may involve for example, relocation of infrastructure or rezoning of land to remove assets from an area likely to be at risk. BMT WBM has a detailed understanding of the regulatory frameworks and climate change policies that underpin current land use planning.

We have worked with local and state authorities to develop a wide range of plans and guideline documents that help to achieve sustainable land-use outcomes. 

The coastal zone is the epicentre for adaptation because it is where most Australians live, work and play but also is the area most at risk from adverse climate change impacts such as increased coastal erosion, storm tide inundation, landslip and overland flooding.

BMT WBM offers specialist climate change risk, natural hazard and planning services for government, business and industry sectors with a proven record of integrating the latest technical assessments and climate science with practical planning and management advice. 

BMT WBM has provided services under the Australian Government’s Local Adaptation Pathways Program (LAPP) for climate change risk and adaptation planning for local government.  We regularly undertake adaption studies involving:

  • Synthesis of climate change science;
  • Identifying vulnerability to climate change and identification of risk;
  • Review of existing capacity and tools for climate change adaptation; and
  • Adaptation planning to treat risks.

Our staff include experienced workshop facilitators that can help build organisational capacity to address and mainstream consideration of climate change into planning and decision making.

Recent Relevant Projects

Coastal Management Plans (National)

BMT WBM is an industry leader in the preparation of coastal management plans which are being developed for local authorities along the coast to identify management options to address coastal vulnerability and future climate change risks. 

 Our extensive understanding of coastal processes allows us to effectively integrate coastal science and predictions about future coastlines into practical engineering and planning responses to coastal vulnerability. 

Intergrating inputs town planners and economists, we can fully assess and cost options to determine the most preferred adaptation response. 

Gold Coast City Council Adaptation Planning Study (Queensland)

Building upon an initial climate change risk assessment, Gold Coast City Council engaged BMT WBM to identify relevant planning processes within Council that could be affected by future climate change and development a framework for implementation of adaptation strategies across Council business areas. 

The project represented an important step in future implementation of climate change adaptation reinforcing the need to embed consideration of climate change risks in current and future planning across a wide range of portfolio interests (land use, water infrastructure, road infrastructure, parks and recreation, and similar).