This Plan draws on the most recent climate change projections; review of literature on climate change impacts, opportunities and adaptation options; a vulnerability assessment for natural assets; an assessment of the impacts of climate change on existing threats; application of the adaptation pathways planning approach; and input from local natural resource managers and landholders
The process to develop the Plan brought together science and research, as well as local knowledge and experience. Planning was completed over a number of stages (Figure 4), including the development of working documents (such as a discussion and issues paper), which assisted in identifying the challenges and opportunities associated with future climate. Targeted discussions with stakeholders and landholders then informed the development of this Draft Plan, followed by consultation with the community that led to the finalisation of the Plan.
The planning process involved a series of steps to integrate knowledge, identify and analyse options for adaptation and mitigation.
Planning has used the asset based approach established in the East Gippsland RCS as the foundation for subsequent steps (EGCMA, 2013) and builds on the regional experience with climate variability and responding to extreme events.