FEA Securing Australia’s Future: Reimagining Climate Adaptation (opens in a new window) [PDF 205KB]
This working group is developing a range of materials in support of a National Adaptation Summit, occurring 19–23 April 2021, including this community consultation process. FEA facilitated virtual workshops across the country, inviting a carefully selected group of experts and ensuring diversity of attendees and cross-sectoral representation.
Urban Heat – Origin, Impacts and Predictions
Adaptation Gap Report 2020 (United Nations Environment Program, 2021)
This report highlights the importance of nature-based solutions in urban planning and heat mitigation. Although it identifies that initiatives to adapt to climate change are increasing worldwide, it concludes that there is still little evidence of climate risk reduction.
The Risks to Australia of a 3°C Warmer World (Australian Academy of Science, 2021)
A stark look at what Australian cities will face if ‘Business As Usual’ continues. Heat and flood risks are highlighted.
Hitting Home: The Compounding Costs of Climate Inaction (Climate Council, 2020)
The report explains why no developed country has more to lose from climate-induced disasters, than Australia. It provides a very valuable summary about the impacts of extreme in Australia, using Western Sydney as case study.
Climate of the Nation 2020 (The Australia Institute, 2020)
A summary of views and concerns Australians have around climate change, bushfires and energy. It shows increasing support for Australia to lead climate change adaptation and decarbonisation of its economy.
Urban Systems Transformation - Greater Western Sydney (2018) (opens in a new window) [PDF 18MB]
This document summarises discussions grouped under the following workshop themes: urban visioning initiatives and pathways; collaborative governance and decision-making; stakeholder and community engagement; and coproduced knowledge development, usage and learning.
Heat Watch – Extreme Heat in Western Sydney (Australia Institute, 2018)
Using information from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, the report portraits Western Sydney-specific climate trends and outlooks. Individual local government areas are assessed, including Bankstown, Camden, Parramatta, Penrith and Richmond.
Urban Heat – Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
Urban Heat Planning Toolkit (WSROC, 2021)
Using the concept of Resilience to develop a comprehensive approach to urban heat mitigation and adaptation. The Toolkit also explains how the approach can be embedded into LEPs, DCPs and BASIX to improve triple bottom line outcomes.
The Impact of Surface Cover and Tree Canopy on Air Temperatures in Western Sydney (Western Sydney University & Campbelltown City Council, 2020)
An evidence-based analysis that documents the impacts of hard surfaces, open space and tree canopy on microclimate in urban and peri-urban landscapes of Western Sydney.
Cooling Common Spaces in Diversifying Urban Environments (Landcom, 2020)
A collaborative approach of Western Sydney University and Landcom has produced this resource. It focusses on the importance of designing common places well to provide urban cooling. You may also want to check out the Pattern Deck that was developed by the project team.
Sustainable Cities and Regions (Future Earth Australia & Australian Academy of Science, 2019)
By identifying barries and enablers for sustainable urban transformation, this report develops four strategies that will unleash Australia’s potential to plan and build future-proof cities.
Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies (CRC Low Carbon Living, 2017)
A comprehensive guide to principles, techniques and technologies that are available now to reduce the impact of urban heat.
Urban Green Infrastructure Planning
Connected Liverpool 2040 (Liverpool City Council, 2020)
This document lists 16 planning priorities for sustainable, climate-adapted urban development. It names actions taken by a Western Sydney local government to provide better community outcomes.
Draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (NSW Government, 2020)
This draft document from a state government organisation is the result of a comprehensive approach to include natural and cultural values in the development of a large part of Western Sydney. Focus is on conservation of biodiversity and identification of impacts from urban development.
Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan: Cooling the City (Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, 2019)
An example how integration of all natural assets (‘living infrastructure’) into urban planning aims to future-proof a city. Fifteen Actions are provided of how to reach this goal.
The film Nature Calls the Shots (opens in a new window) premiered in November online at the 2ndinternational LIVIANA Conference convened by the Community Economies Research Network.
Nature Calls the Shots is a 37-minute observational documentary film produced and directed by Juan Francisco Salazar that offers a glimpse into the life and work of pioneer permaculture designer and educator Robyn Francis, and the story of Djanbung Gardens in the community of Nimbin, northern New South Wales, Australia. Documenting a unique microcosm of an exceptional permaculture community on Australia’s north- east coast, Nature Calls the Shots presents Robyn Francis’ herstory as an activist for environmental regeneration and novel community economies, who transformed a small piece of land from a degraded cow pasture in the 1990’s into to permaculture paradise. This local yet universal story of hope shows that positive change is possible where regenerative and holistic farming and agricultural practices and bioregional design can lead to planetary health, just livelihoods and empowered local rural communities. The film was produced following best practices in sustainable filmmaking and green screens protocols. The film’s director Juan Francisco Salazar spent two weeks sleeping in a small tent during the rainy season, while undertaking the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Djanbung Gardens, Permaculture College Australia, in March 2021. The film was co-produced by the team behind the film The Bamboo Bridge (2019), a collaboration with economic feminist geographer Katherine Gibson and artist and editor Rowena Crowe who edited the film in Wollongong, south of Sydney, during a four-month Covid-19 lockdown in 2021. The film was partially funded by the production team with support from the SISTER-Hub initiative at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.
Greener Places (Government Architect NSW)
Provides a green infrastructure design framework
Resilient Sydney (City of Sydney)
Provides the first Resilience Strategy for the Greater Sydney region
Greener Spaces Better Places (Horticulture Innovation Australia)
Resources that describe (1) the dynamics of tree canopy cover across all Australia’s towns and cities and (2) guidelines for canopy expansion based on local climates
Most Sydneysiders still want government to lead on climate change adaptation
A new survey by Western Sydney University of more than 6,000 Greater Metropolitan Sydney residents has found most residents are looking to government to lead on climate change issues. The survey from the University’s Institute for Culture and Society found broad support for government led action following multiple environmental crises from the drought to bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey partners included the Future Earth Australia and Sydney Environment Institute...read more
Climate Adaptation Synthesis released in preparation for 2021 Summit
Future Earth Australia (FEA) established with its members, and in partnership with the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, a working group to explore and frame the coming decade of adaptation science, innovation and action...read more
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Western Sydney University to explore Planetary Health excellence in local area
Western Sydney University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute to explore the establishment of a Planetary Health...read more
Council makes strategic investment in Katoomba – to create future benefits and opportunities for the City
Blue Mountains City Council has purchased the former Katoomba Golf Clubhouse site – with a view to establishing a global Planetary Health Leadership Centre with two universities, to help create future benefits and opportunities for...read more