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National Climate Change Risk Assessment – Reference Group Appointment


The Ministry for the Environment has recently begun work on New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) and have engaged a project team led by AECOM and including Tonkin and Taylor, NIWA and others to undertake this work.

As part of this work, the Ministry for the Environment has set up a Reference Group to help ensure that the NCCRA drives an adaptation-ready outcome for stakeholders. Noel Roberts, Technical Manager for Water New Zealand has been appointed to this reference group. Any input from Water New Zealand members can be directed through Noel. 

Role of the Reference Group:

The Group will be composed of representatives from key stakeholder groups (local government, business, infrastructure and the primary sector), and will provide feedback to the Ministry for the Environment on two key draft project deliverables, provided by the project team:

i.Draft Interim Report - due to MfE on 3 January 2019

ii.Draft Final Assessment Report - due to MfE on 3 April 2020

More information about the National Climate Change Risk Assessment:

The NCCRA will provide a national overview of the risks New Zealand faces from climate change, and will be a key tool in enabling us to respond to the threats and opportunities arising from its physical impacts.

It will be completed by mid-2020.

Input into the NCCRA will be sought from central and local government, climate change experts, affected sectors and iwi Māori representatives to understand the major risks facing New Zealand

The NCCRA will identify key risks to New Zealand from climate change, which will help the Government to prioritise action through a National Adaptation Plan.

Further information on the National Climate Change Risk Assessment is available at www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk<http://www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk.