What is ADAPT Loddon Mallee?

Climate change impacts are already being felt in communities across the region. Pressure is being felt in areas that including local water, food production, and health and wellbeing. 

While it is important that we all take steps to reduce our emissions to mitigate against further future climate impacts, we also need to reduce our current and future vulnerability by taking adaptation action.

The ADAPT Loddon Mallee network brings together people from all walks of life across the region to learn, share knowledge, build networks support communities to become climate-ready.

Adapting to climate change involves taking practical actions to manage current impacts and future risks to build resilient communities and systems across the region.

The Region

The Loddon Mallee is the largest of Victoria’s regions stretching north-west from the outskirts of Melbourne to the Murray River and South Australian border. Included in the area are Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura, Bendigo, Kyneton and Maryborough. The large geographic area includes regional cities, small townships and large areas of farm land.

Adapting for Resilience

Successful adaptation is a shared responsibility. Individuals, communities, businesses and governments at all levels have a part to play. The challenge is too big to anyone to act alone – to ensure thriving communities in the future we need to work together.

ADAPT Initiatives

ADAPT will deliver four initiatives across the region aimed at building local adaptive capacity, forging strong partnerships and learning networks, sharing the latest climate and adaption knowledge and research and support local communities and their leaders to become climate-ready.

  •  Climate Ready Communities Conversations

We believe conversations are important when it comes to addressing climate change. Whether you talk to your friends, colleagues and family members for information-sharing, advice-giving, or just to vent, this process helps you put things in perspective which helps build resilience and relationships.

ADAPT will be supporting community leaders by developing a toolkit that will provide local them with the necessary resources required to facilitate conversation that build awareness and understanding around climate change and its impacts. The toolkits will be co-designed with a group of local leaders who have had, or are wanting to have, climate change conversations amongst their peers. ADAPT will make conversation kits available throughout the region at key locations and for download on the website as well as funding support Loddon Mallee communities to host climate conversations.

ADAPT will also develop an educational activity book aimed at 6-12 year-old children to investigate and learn about climate change, renewable energy and adaptation action.

  • Regional Climate Leadership Program

The importance of leadership in addressing and responding to climate change challenges is readily apparent in politics, business, the public sector and everyday life. The ADAPT Regional Climate Leadership Program aims to build and strengthen climate change adaptation leadership across the region. The program will bring a diverse range of emerging community leaders together to build leadership skills, research local climate change issues and workshop projects aimed at building local adaptive capacity or delivering local adaption action. Four residential workshops will allow participants to collaborate, pool resources and build networks that will maximise immediate adaptation impact and build future adaptive capacity. The program will strongly encourage peer-to-peer partnerships and learning.

More details and how to apply HERE

  • Youth Climate Retreat

Young people today have a high awareness of complex social challenges and understand that our systems need to change in order to better prepare young people to navigate an increasingly complex future. In recent times, young people across the globe, country, and region have been vocal in their concerns around climate change due its potential to significantly impact their future employment, health and wellbeing and access to the natural environment.

While some youth in the region have been vocal in their advocacy to mitigate against future climate effects, they are yet to enter the conversation on how they will adapt to current and future changes that are predicted, regardless of even the most stringent mitigative actions. Other young people in the region are yet to be included in the broader climate change conversation.

Given that young people are less likely to use traditional forms of engagement ADAPT will be inviting a diverse range of youth from across the region to participant in a co-design process that will shape the way that we engage them on the topic of climate change adaption. The co-design process will ensure that the youth of Loddon Mallee are active partners in decisions around adapting to a changing climate that will directly impact their future.

More details and how to apply HERE

  • Partnering 4 Resilience

Partnerships will be critical for us to achieve ADAPT’s mission of being a region that is responsive and resilient to climate change.   The Partnering 4 Resilience Program draws together government agencies, peak bodies and other relevant organisations to work as a collective practitioners’ group to share knowledge and provide advice to each other. This program aims to drive collaboration, build broad community capability and resilience, and support targeted adaptation activities. The program will also be a key mechanism to link existing adaptation planning and projects from across the region.

Partnering 4 Resilience will focus on 13 areas, under three categories, that were identified the 2018 Loddon Mallee Regional Gap Analysis study. The partnerships created will help to better understand the climate change impacts in each of the focus areas and where potential solutions are needed to help with building more climate resilient communities.


People:                   Traditional Owners, youth, elderly, volunteers and flora & fauna​

Sectors:                  agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and health & human services​

Places:                   small townships, rural cities, places of natural and cultural significance

The Regional Adaptation Strategy

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP). Each DEWLP region has been tasked with developing the Regional Adaptation Strategy. The strategy is intended to be a practical approach to address local climate change issues.

With the input of all program participants the strategy will identify:

  • What are the key values and assets of the region?
  • What is most at risk in our communities?
  • What actions are needed to address those risks?
  • What support is needed for communities to be climate ready?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • What’s already happening across the region?

The strategy will be developed through an experiential adaptation planning process, which aims to provide regional stakeholders with a framework to identify, prioritise and deliver strategic adaptation action within their region.

The RAS is intended to be a shared regional voice identifies the path to transformative adaptation. In supporting participation of stakeholders at multiple levels in the development of the RAS will create a powerful narrative for regional adaptation and ensure the RAS and action plans are owned by the region.

Our Principles

Community Resilience
Build capacity in our communities in an incremental way, rather than being prompted by severe climate events. To drive greater communication, effective engagement and collaboration across our region.

Building partnerships and social support
Identify and support partnerships across the region and build social support for those that really need it.

Learning by doing
Understand how to make change and get things done through storytelling about real issues being solved by people in the community.

Equity and fairness
Identify actions to support the most vulnerable people, places and systems that have the least capability to act on impacts of climate change.

Build capacity for climate change adaptation to become considered throughout the everyday planning and delivery of products, systems and services, such as buildings, power, water and health services that support our daily lives in the region.

Build capacity for all types of leadership in the region. Climate change adaption action will incur some upfront costs, but in the long term will protect against the loss of health, wellbeing, growth and prosperity.

We acknowledge the First Peoples of the Loddon Mallee and their/our longstanding, rich and resilient cultures, rights and responsibilities to Country, and genuinely pay respect to their/our knowledge holders, leaders, Elders past, present and future.