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This is how we're responding in Ashburton.

District overview

Mid Canterbury is predicted to get warmer and wetter towards the end of this century, and low-lying areas are likely to experience increased flooding.

Climate change here may have a variety of impacts, from higher sea levels to more intense rainfall, warmer temperatures and droughts. The effects may include increased frequency of flooding and coastal erosion, and changes to the sorts of crops that can be grown.

Sea levels could rise by up to 0.28 metres by 2050. The small amount of coastal settlement in the District means this is not a major risk for our urban settlements, but increased coastal erosion may threaten some hut holders over time.

Here are a few of the ways the Ashburton district is responding to climate change.