Entry received from: Thames-Coromandel District Council
Category: The GHD Award for Environmental Leadership
In June 2018, following a January storm, Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) adopted a Coastal Management Strategy setting out the problem and context for climate change adaptation at the coast. It included objectives and actions to support the sustainable management of coastal resources, now and for future generations, and set the scene for coastal adaptation.
In April 2019, TCDC appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to undertake shoreline management planning for the Coromandel's 400km of coast. The aim was to establish a framework for the reduction of risks to people, property, the environment and tāonga associated with coastal hazards. The purpose was to develop Coastal Adaptation Pathways that addressed short- and medium-term issues while focusing on building resilient local communities and hapū to be able to adapt in the long-term. The result was a community-led collaboration based on locals' values and risk appetites.
Over three years, the project identified hazards, assessed vulnerability and risk, and determined adaptation options based on the tolerance thresholds of each community.
In September 2022, TCDC adopted 138 adaptation pathways specific to the aspirations and concerns of each community and the principles of kaitiakitanga. These pathways provide tailored, flexible solutions to ensure future resilience of the Coromandel's coastal communities.
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