Australia: Adaptation and planning strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change induced sea level rise, flooding and erosion

Since 2010, AECOM (provider of services for infrastructure projects) has assisted the Australian Department of Defence with understanding risks to its assets due to climate change‐induced disasters across Australia. The process involved a risk assessment and prioritisation of sites, followed by detailed site asssessments.

Three key lessons are identified in this publication:

  • The value of a staged approach to ensure resources are targeted to priority sites of greater risk.
  • The benefit of generating, with project stakeholders, a Site Assessment Methodology and Framework, tailored to specific project needs.
  • The importance of tailoring information to user needs. For instance, to support ongoing internal communication, a suite of products/reports were developed.

This case study is one of a series produced by members of ARISE, the UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.

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Climate Change, Private Sector, Disaster Risk Management, Structural Safety, Critical Infrastructure
Flood, Storm Surge
5th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2017 5th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2017.
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