Climate change for our district and region

Feedback closes on 4 October 2020.

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In conjunction with Horizons Regional Council, we're keen to get your thoughts on what community values you consider to be at risk due to climate change via a platform called Social Pinpoint until 4 October.

Community values are the ‘things and objects’ of value that could be affected by climate change at any location in the region that you have a connection to, regardless of where you live, work or play. These ‘things and objects’ could be either physical objects eg buildings, roads, native species or less tangible things e.g. community cohesion and cultural practices. The information gathered on Social Pinpoint will help develop a regional risk assessment. The assessment itself will identify priorities in adapting to the impacts of climate change in our region, as well as help inform future policies and action plans. This project is being led by Horizons in collaboration with the seven city and district councils within the region, including us.

 

How you can contribute

Climate change risk is not limited to extreme events. More gradual changes can also affect the exposure of human and natural systems to hazards – and some things are more vulnerable to harm than others.

We would like you to consider hazards (eg floods, droughts and storms) and potential consequences in terms of community values and wellbeing to help us determine what is at risk. The Social Pinpoint platform shows an interactive map of the region and gives users the opportunity to drop markers to identify what they care about, as well as interact with others who have also identified areas of concern. There is also a survey to fill out if you would like to further express your views.

Responding to climate change will take time and this community engagement is one of many steps on our region’s climate change journey. The risk assessment, and your contribution to it, will help focus our efforts and inform work that will extend over years to come. The information you contribute will be used alongside scientific reports and data, mātauranga Māori and expert knowledge. We have also begun conversations with iwi representatives, as their values and local knowledge will be important considerations.

Share your thoughts and ideas on Social Pinpoint

If you don’t have the ability to contribute to the climate change conversation on Social Pinpoint, you can also email your thoughts to climatechange@horizons.govt.nz or send them to Freepost 217922, Private Bag 11025, Manawatu Mail Centre, before 4 October.