Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment Framework released
Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the framework for assessing climate change risks in Aotearoa.
The framework is for the upcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) and will inform climate change
adaptation and mitigation opportunities so Aotearoa is resilient and prepared.
“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and
severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw
“The framework will enable a broad range of risks to be compared and evaluated in terms of their nature, severity, and
“With the release of the framework, we are now progressing work on the first Risk Assessment, to ensure this important
work is not delayed whilst we wait for the Zero Carbon Bill to pass.
“This work is critical to set Aotearoa up to be able to respond to climate change as a nation,” James Shaw said.
• A panel of experts led by Dr Anne Bardsley was brought together to develop the framework, which is primarily designed
to be used to prepare the NCCRA. It can also be used by local government and other organisations for their own regional
risk and vulnerability assessments.
• New Zealand’s first Risk Assessment is expected to be published in mid-2020.
• The framework provides the approach and methodology to be used in conducting the Risk Assessment. It includes the
framing and templates, along with guidance materials that will be used to assess climate change risks at a national
• The Risk Assessment will gather existing evidence and knowledge about risks to New Zealand from climate change across
all sectors, on an economy-wide basis, and identify gaps in the current evidence base.
• Targeted feedback has been sought from local government and iwi/Māori in developing the framework and will continue as
the Risk Assessment is carried out.
• Work is being progressed on the Risk Assessment now, to ensure this important work is not delayed. The work will be
undertaken on behalf of MfE by a consortium of leading technical experts.