Goal:

Our region is continuously learning about the effects of climate change on natural environments, built environments, and Traditional Owners

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Increase our knowledge of the impacts of climate change on the natural environment

Our communities are part of natural ecosystems and we depend on them for our survival.

The natural environment is essential to allow people to connect with nature, enable cultural and spiritual connections, provide diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation and learning about our environment. The natural environment is also playing a critical role in maintaining and improving liveability in our society and supporting the economy. This occurs through water services, flood protection, pollination and cleaning our air.

We still know little about how our local natural environment will respond in a changing climate. To address the impact on our natural environment, it is critical
that we support activities to identify and prioritise knowledge gaps, and suggest research to fill these gaps in our environmental understanding. We also need to strengthen local linkages between researchers and stakeholders.

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Understand the opportunities a changing climate brings for innovation to design better cities and communities

An effective response to climate change requires innovation for a cleaner and more resilient infrastructure.

Our built environments will be subject to more frequent and intense climatic impacts than in the past, and we will be living in a climate not experienced before. These environments are the setting for most of our daily activity, from our homes, to where we work, shop, and socialise.

The built environment also includes the supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, telecommunications, and energy networks. Innovating adaptation measures supporting our built environment will ensure the long-term integrity of the assets we interact with every day. Innovation is vital to our built environment to support a decarbonised, sustainable economy.

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Respect and value Traditional Owner knowledge

Traditional Owners have been managing the landscapes across the Loddon Mallee for over 40,000 years.

During this time, the climate changed, the landscapes and biodiversity changed, and Traditional Owners adapted. Traditional Owners are actively managing parts of their Country today. They continue to adapt their practices in response to climate change.

Traditional Owner knowledge has a long history and can make great contributions to climate change adaptation. This knowledge will be critical in supporting climate adaptation actions, particularly in the natural resource management area, such as cultural burning for bushfire risk reduction.

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