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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.

Why do we need a plan?

Extreme weather events around the country are highlighting our vulnerability to changing weather patterns.

The Southland floods in February 2020 resulted in the closure of two Great Walks. In the North Island, the frequency of drought conditions is putting native species under increased pressure.

What’s DOC doing?

DOC is acting now and planning ahead for climate change by embedding climate change adaptation into the way we do business.

We have developed the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (CCAAP) to inform, prepare and guide our response to climate change impacts, with a focus on New Zealand's biodiversity and DOC-managed infrastructure.

Download the plan: Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (12,290K)

Case studies in the plan covers climate change threats to critically endangered species such as the Manuherikia alpine galaxias and recreational assets such as the Heaphy Track’s coastal section.

The plan also gives effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under Section 4 of the Conservation Act.

It builds on our 2014 adaptation plan and progresses our work to:

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

This plan is the first climate change impact assessment across all of DOC’s functions include including actions for natural and historic heritage, visitor, recreational, and policy and partnerships as well as biodiversity.

It will inform all aspects of DOC’s work, including statutory documents, national policy statements, internal strategies and prioritisation tools.

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