Climate change has many catastrophic consequences, including droughts, floods, wildfires, heat waves, rising sea levels and biodiversity loss. These all have adverse implications for social cohesion, economic development and financial stability.
The New Zealand town of Nelson remains in a state of emergency, with nearly 500 homes evacuated, after the region received more than three times its average August rainfall in less than five days last week.
Some aspects of the plan lack strategy and structure. It is more a series of actions, some connected, others discrete, many already happening. The absence of Te Tiriti in the framing is concerning, as is the imminent end of some main funding sources.
New Zealand’s first climate adaptation plan, launched this week, provides a robust foundation for urgent nation-wide action. Its goals are utterly compelling: reduce vulnerability, build adaptive capacity and and strengthen resilience.
The study demonstrates a novel on-site damage assessment approach to develop an empirical flood damage database for New Zealand residential buildings, and analyses data to determine variables influencing direct physical damages of residential buildings.