What is ADAPT Loddon Mallee?

Climate change impacts are already being felt in communities across the region. The pressure is being felt in sectors like 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, and build networks to support communities in becoming 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.

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.

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.

Regional Adaptation Strategy

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

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.

With the input of all program participants and key stakeholders 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 final strategy will be both a plan of action for the region and a document to support strategic engagement with other stakeholders on adaptation issues within their region.

ADAPT Website

The ADAPT website is a central hub of all information, networks, and resources that form the ADAPT Loddon Mallee program. Some of the things that can be done on our website are;

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. Click here to find out more about all of the initiatives, or click on one of the initiatives below.

Meet our Regional Climate Leaders!

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.

Mainstreaming
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.

Leadership
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.