As the region grows, we need to better understand the increasing influence climate change will have.
Work is well underway to understand the challenges our region faces and work with our communities to reduce emissions while preparing for the effects of climate change.
Climate change will have an effect on sea levels, weather patterns and rainfall intensity. These changes in turn will increase natural hazard risks such as flooding from extreme rainfall, inundation (flooding from the harbour/sea), erosion (coastal and inner harbour), tsunami and liquefaction.
SmartGrowth and its partners recognise that climate change is a hugely significant challenge for the Western Bay of Plenty sub region.
Climate change needs to be addressed by the whole community, all the way from government through to individuals – with business, science, research, and communities all playing a part.