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DOC has a five-year plan to increase the resilience of our wildlife and wild places to the impacts of climate change.

To inform, prepare and guide our response to climate change impacts, DOC has developed the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (CCAAP). The plan also gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under Section 4 of the Conservation Act.

The CCAAP builds on our 2014 adaptation plan and progresses our work to:

  • protect land-based native biodiversity from the impacts of climate change
  • review of marine issues,
  • continue sustainability planning.

The latest adaptation plan will be added to this page once it's available.

This plan is the first climate change impact assessment across all of DOC’s functions. It includes actions for natural and historic heritage, visitor, recreational, and policy and partnerships as well as biodiversity. The CCAAP will inform all aspects of DOC’s work, including statutory documents, national policy statements, internal strategies and prioritisation tools.

More Information

Read the 2014 plan: Adapting to a changing climate: A proposed framework for the conservation of terrestrial native biodiversity in New Zealand (PDF, 560K)

Information on the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan and risk assessment

Climate Change Commission  

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