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Climate Change and Biodiversity

Hurika Āhuaraki me te Rereka Rauropi

On 27 June 2019, Queenstown Lakes District Council declared a climate and ecological emergency.

Over the last few years, Council has embarked on a journey towards a major organisational behaviour shift ensuring climate change considerations are reflected in decision making, policy setting, projects, and service delivery.

To find out more about what we are doing check out our new Climate Action and Biodiversity website. It includes our full Climate and Biodiversity Plan (2022-2025), our actions and progress, and more.

You’ll also find at the site news updates and information about partner organisations and the independent Climate Reference Group that advises Council.

Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 - 2025

The plan sets out how the district is going to respond to climate change and includes 70 actions. These range from reducing carbon emissions through more effective land-use planning and infrastructure design, to regenerating native forest. 

The development of the plan involved extensive engagement with community and environmental groups, Kāi Tahu, not-for-profit organisations, climate experts, and partner agencies. We also put the draft plan out for public feedback in March and April 2022. 

Climate Action Plan 2019 - 2022

The Climate Action Plan 2019-2022 | Te Mahere Āhurangi o Ngā Tau 2019-2022 was adopted 12 March 2020 to guide local action to help our district adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

This Climate Action Plan was the first for our district. It identifies ways in which we can reduce emissions and set a strategic direction for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The current Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022 – 2025 builds on this first plan. 

Climate Reference Group

The Climate Reference Group is made up of community leaders and climate experts to provide advice to Council’s climate action team. The group, chaired by Dr Leslie Van Gelder, has been particularly instrumental in the development of the draft Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025, including advocating for a stronger focus on biodiversity.

Media release: Queenstown Lakes District Council establishes Climate Reference Group

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