National Climate Risk Assessments

The national climate risk assessments give a national picture of how New Zealand may be affected by climate change related hazards.

Aotearoa’s national climate risk assessments will be produced at least every 6 years.

The first national climate change risk assessment was produced by the Ministry for the Environment and released in August 2020. We will produce all of the plans after this one.

The national climate risk assessments give a national picture of how New Zealand may be affected by climate change-related hazards. It:

  • Identifies the most significant risks and opportunities for New Zealand
  • Highlights gaps in the information and data needed to properly assess and manage the risks and opportunities.

The climate is already changing, and past emissions have locked in further change. Past emissions, and the world’s ability to reduce future ones, will drive how quickly we have to adapt, and by how much.

You can read the first national climate change risk assessment on the Ministry for the Environment website.

Monitoring

The Commission must prepare reports on the implementation of the national adaptation plan every two years. The first report is due in 2024. The Commission will report on:

  • progress in meeting the adaptation plan
  • how well the plan responds to climate risks
  • barriers to further implementation.