Engagement on draft national adaptation plan and managed retreat

We’ve released the draft national adaptation plan for public engagement and submissions until 3 June.

The draft plan sets out coordinated and comprehensive actions to support all sectors and communities adapt to the locked-in impacts of climate change, like rising sea levels and more frequent and severe weather events.

We’re asking for people’s views on the overall plan and on the proposed new legislation for managed retreat. This is the careful and planned retreat of people, places and sites of significance away from areas at high risk from the impacts of climate change.

Developing new legislation on managed retreat, as part of reform of the RMA, is one of the draft plan’s major actions. Engagement on the plan provides the opportunity for people to give their views on this as well.

During the engagement period we’ll provide targeted webinars and information sessions for different sectors and communities, such as local government, Pasifika, and Maori and iwi. We want to hear from as many New Zealanders as possible, especially from sectors that will be most involved in implementing the plan, and from communities that are more affected by the impacts of climate change.

The launch of the draft national adaptation plan is the culmination of months of work across the Ministry and with multiple stakeholders. It was developed with Māori and iwi and reflects the principles of te Tiriti. Along with our work to reduce emissions, it’s an important part of our work towards a climate-resilient future.

Draft national adaptation plan

Summary of the consultation document

Full consultation document

Press release from Climate Change Minister James Shaw [Beehive website]

Have your say on the draft national adaptation plan