To address climate change successfully New Zealand has to:
- comply with and support the development of international climate change agreements
- play its part in reducing net greenhouse gas emissions
- adapt to the inevitable physical impacts of climate change
Local authorities have a key role to play in New Zealand’s response to this challenge. Local authorities are currently reviewing their Long-term Council Community Plans (LTCCPs) which will outline their activities over the period from 2009 to 2019. Climate change will have direct and indirect implications for local authorities over this time period.
By taking a strategic approach in this round of LTCCP reviews, local authorities and their communities will be well positioned to adapt to the effects of climate change and respond positively to the incentives provided by the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and other climate change mitigation policies.
This publication gives an overview of how you can incorporate climate change into your LTCCP and provides you with links to more detailed information and guidance.