Adaptation Toolbox Diagram Step 1: Getting Started Step 2: How resilient am I to climate? Step 3: How will Climate Change affect me? Step 4: What should I do? Step 5: Keeping it real Resources Glossary

Step 5: Keeping it real

Adapting to climate change is dynamic. This step provides guidance on how you can keep your analysis, decisions and responses relevant and up to date in a continually changing environment.

At the outset of the Toolbox, we emphasised the importance of being clear about what you were trying to achieve before you started. However, your objectives and priorities will shift with time, and circumstances could change, so new risks may arise or change in priority. Climate risks may also change. The IPCC Assessment report is updated approximately every six years and other new or updated information will become available. NIWA update their climate scenarios shortly after each IPCC Assessment round.
Review your decisions annually, or sooner if a factor that has influenced your response changes significantly (e.g. you are hit by an extreme weather event, or important new climate change information becomes available).

Task 5.1: Develop an effective monitoring and evaluation programme or include within existing measurement systems you have.

  • How have your actions worked compared with how you thought they would work - are the outcomes consistent with your expectations?
  • What things worked and what did not; were there any knock-on effects that were not anticipated; has any new information come to light that could alter the effectiveness of your adaptation measures?
  • Monitor new research on climate change impacts and adaptation and to climate change website

A monitoring programme should:

  • Be clear about what success means for you and the actions you choose.
  • Describe how the review will feed back into business and/or production decisions.
  • Show changes in risks (including opportunities) and options
  • Monitor sources for new information on climate change

You should improve your response if it does not deliver the benefits you were expecting it to, and if the options you chose have not performed as you expected them to.

You should also keep a constant eye out for new information on climate risks. Our knowledge of climate change is improving all the time, and our understanding of potential impacts of climate change is continually developing. Keep on top of the key information for your by regularly checking industry and government websites.

Ideally, build the review of your adaptation to climate change into part of year regular.

Step 5 Tasks

Task 5.1: Develop a monitoring and evaluation programme or include within existing measurement systems you have.


Last Updated: 08 December 2010
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