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What is FRAP?

Bushfires, floods, heatwaves and severe weather events all place significant pressure on Council resources, from immediate response to the final recovery. An unexpected severe weather event can have significant and long-lasting impacts on a Council’s budget with the only option for recovery being a rate increase or reduction in service delivery. Is this a sustainable approach? Financial Risk Adaptation Planning (FRAP) can help councils plan financially through consideration of more suitable adaptation options.

Causes

Australia’s climate has warmed by about 0.9°C since 1910. Most of this warming can be attributed to increases in concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, due to human activities. Warming has been accompanied by changes to the frequency and severity of extreme weather, with more extreme heat and fewer cool extremes. Global and Australian temperatures are expected to continue to increase, with further changes to extremes.

Effects

Increasing temperatures, rainfall changes and sea level rise due to climate change, are likely to contribute to increases in second order effects such as floods, bushfires and coastal impacts.  These changes will in turn impact on human health and infrastructure.

Adaptation Response

Many of the impacts of climate change are unavoidable, even if global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are successful. Climate change adaptation refers to strategies and actions to better manage the impacts of climate change. Good management will have significant economic, social and environmental benefits.

Many of the impacts of climate change are unavoidable, even if global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are successful. Climate change adaptation refers to strategies and actions to better manage the impacts of climate change. Good management will have significant economic, social and environmental benefits.

Participating Councils

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