Australia joins coalition for climate adaptation action

19 March 2021

The Morrison Government has joined countries at the forefront of a global push to tackle the impacts of climate change by signing on as one of the first members of the global Adaptation Action Coalition (AAC).

At the United Nation’s Group of Friends on Adaptation and Resilience meeting in New York this week, Australia announced its support for the AAC’s commitment to practical climate adaptation strategies that deliver on-ground support for vulnerable communities.

“As the driest inhabited continent on earth, Australians understand the importance of adapting to harsh climatic conditions,” Minister Ley said.

“The AAC is an opportunity to share and showcase Australia’s adaptation expertise that is helping to protect ecosystems and World Heritage properties from a changing climate.

"This includes our work to protect the Great Barrier Reef through innovative interventions such using naturally warm-adapted corals to enhance the ability of coral reefs to adapt to future conditions.

“We are investing in world leading strategies through our National Environmental Science Program, which will provide leadership in climate, threatened species and environmental research.”

Australia’s membership of the AAC also builds on the Prime Minister’s commitment to global climate action helping nations in our region support renewable energy deployment and strengthen climate and disaster resilience and Minister Ley’s commitment to the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment.

Ahead of November’s COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Australia is developing a new National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy to set out a roadmap towards climate resilience.

“At home and abroad, we are committed to building partnerships that drive adaptation to protect and grow our economies, communities and the environment, now and in the future,” Minister Ley said.

“This includes our work to establish Climate and Resilience Services Australia, a new capability that will connect and leverage the Commonwealth’s extensive climate and natural disaster risk information to further prepare for and build resilience to natural disasters.”

The AAC was launched by the UK and Egypt at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021. It was developed in partnership with Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations.