The report finds that involving communities in adaptation efforts is just as crucial as finding the right engineering solutions, and calls for significant changes to the way communities are engaged by councils. Adapting to a changing climate will be disruptive and intrusive for many. If meaningful community engagement is neglected, it’s likely to create division, weaken the effectiveness of adaptation efforts, and make them less credible and durable.
The launch event was a great success, and we’d like to thank the many Helen Clark Foundation members who came along to the Maritime Room on Auckland’s waterfront – it was lovely to see you there!
Pictured from left: Ian Blair, Managing Director of WSP New Zealand; our patron, Helen Clark; Helen Clark Foundation Director, Murray Bruges; and panellists Alex Whitcombe, Richard Hills, Gemma Greenshields, and Kali Mercier (report author and Deputy Director of the Helen Clark Foundation).