Climate Change: Adaptation for Queensland Issues Paper

Queensland Government
Created: 10/09/2011 -


Queensland is no stranger to harsh weather and its damaging effects. We have seen first hand the devastation that extreme weather can cause to our landscape, communities and economy. Scientists warn that Queensland is likely to be severely impacted by changes in temperature, rainfall, sea level and extreme weather events. As our knowledge of climate science, climate change impacts and potential risks evolves, our policy responses need to be reassessed. This is the Queensland Government's climate change adaptation issues paper, which explores projected risks and adaptation actions. The paper is separated into the following seven sectors:

  • Human Settlements
  • Infrastructure
  • Ecosystems
  • Water Management
  • Primary Industries
  • Emergency Management
  • Human Health

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Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Public Health
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate future conditions into natural resources planning and policies
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Capacity Building
Invest in / Enhance emergency services planning and training
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Maintain adequate financial resources for adaptation
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature