The AdaptWater tool is being developed as a climate change adaptation tool for the Australian urban water industry. The project has been developed by the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Sydney Water, in association with Climate Risk Pty Ltd, receiving co-funding from the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) as part of the DCCEE Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways (CAP) program. In addition to Sydney Water, WSAA project partners include Melbourne Water, SA Water, Queensland Urban Utilities, Water Corporation and City West Water.
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People experiencing poverty and disadvantage will be affected first and worst by climate change, including the impacts of extreme weather events and natural disasters. The community welfare sector provides essential services to those struggling to meet basic needs. As climate change impacts worsen, more people will turn to organisations that provide assistance and yet there is very little understanding about how the sector itself is placed to cope with climate change risks. This research project funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) aims to fill the gaps in the understanding of these complex issues through a national survey, a round of national workshops and failure analysis.
The PCIP project brings together Insurers and Local Government to see how, by sharing information and strategies, they can minimise the cost of both insurance and adaptation for their clients and rate payers. The project has involved the development of building resilience analysis tools, cost-benefit systems for comparing adaptation actions like sea walls, planning rules and planned retreat, and also on-line, real-time location profiling using GIS hazard maps.
Launched at Parliament on the 11th of April 2013, Adapting the community sector for climate extremes is the first of its kind.
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"The rich will find their world to be more expensive, inconvenient, uncomfortable, disrupted, and colourless - in general, more unpleasant and unpredictable, perhaps greatly so. The poor will dies" (Kirk R. Smith, 2008).