Planning for Climate Change Project

Planning for Climate Change Project

In 2013, regional NRM groups across Australia received funding to incorporate climate change into regional NRM strategies. Perth NRM successfully received funding through the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future to deliver the Planning for Climate Change Project. The project ensured the development of the Swan Region Strategy for Natural Resource Management utilised latest climate change projections. The project brought together technical experts and stakeholders to develop information and maps to help people plan for climate change in the region.  The project consisted of two main components:

Component 1: A climate change risk assessment for the region and the development of adaptation responses.

Component 2: Produce a series of maps to answer critical climate change questions.


Download the Planning for Climate Change Report


Frequently Asked Questions

How is climate change likely affect the Swan Region?

Based on climate change modelling, the southwest of the State will experience the following major threats. These include:

Rising temperatures

Reduced rainfall

Extreme weather events (e.g. heat-waves, storms, floods, increased frequency and severity of wildfire)

Rising sea levels

Changes in seasonality

Drought, increasing intensity and frequency

Increased evaporation rates

What risks did the project identify and assess for the Swan Region?

Stakeholders, technical knowledge holders, and experts from across the region identified and prioritised risks posed by climate change. During the process, stakeholders identified the most severe risks and developed adaption responses to them. Risks to the regions natural resources include:

Risks to the functionality of our terrestrial, freshwater and aquatic ecosystems are high.

Risks to coastal and marine condition are relatively high.

Primary industries will experience several risks depending on different sectors. However, the capacity to change practises, access technology, and adapt over time is critical to assessing these risks.

Our infrastructure will experience several risks depending on different asset classes. Similar to our primary industries, the capacity to change practises, access technology, and adapt over time is critical to assessing these risks.

Assessing risks to heritage values considered site condition, significant species and ecological communities endangered by climate change.

The risks associated with our air quality are attributed to increase bushfire intensity, rising temperatures, and particulate pollution.

What do the climate maps illustrate?

A geographical information systems decision-support tool called Multi Criteria Analysis Shell for Spatial Decision Support (MCAS-S) answered critical climate change questions. The MCAS-S process produced a series of maps. The maps identify:

Priority landscapes in the Swan region for carbon plantings

Critical locations for potential management to build landscape integrity

The nature and location of climate change impacts and potential strategies to guide adaptation responses to protect natural ecosystems and agricultural assets