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, such as embracing renewable energy, we also need to reduce our current and future vulnerability by taking adaptation action.

The ADAPT Loddon Mallee (LM) 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.

ADAPT LM will focus on the following areas under three categories identified in the 2018 Regional Gap Analysis (a snapshot of the report can be found here)

  • People: Traditional Owners, youth, elderly, and volunteers.
  • Places: Small townships, rural cities, places of natural and cultural significance.
  • Sectors: Agriculture, biodiversity (flora and fauna), manufacturing, tourism, and health and human services.
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About our 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 farmland. 

A plan to get climate-ready

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). To complement the Victorian Climate Change Plan  each DELWP region has been tasked with developing a Regional Adaptation Strategy. The regional strategies (or plan) will take a place-based approach and will identify impacts and actions not captured by state-wide approach. It is intended to be both a practical plan of action for the region and a document to support strategic investment. 

The plan will support individuals, communities, organisations and businesses to get ‘climate-ready’ and enable a healthy and prosperous future for the region. It will be developed through a ‘learn by doing’ adaptation planning process, which aims to provide regional stakeholders with a framework to identify, prioritise and deliver required adaptation action within their local area. 

With the input of the community, ADAPT program participants and key stakeholders our climate-ready plan 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? 

If you would like to have your say in the strategy you can: