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Patiti Point Cliffs 2019


In Timaru District, global climate change will have a variety of impacts. These will range from higher mean sea level and more intense rainfall, warmer temperatures and droughts, to changes in what food and crops we can grow reliably here.

We are already seeing some of these effects through increased frequency of river flooding and coastal erosion. Some of these impacts will challenge where and how we currently live.

Regional and District Councils are gathering information about the local impacts of climate change. This will help us assess the impact on our communities and on Timaru District Council’s assets, and will ultimately help us to support our communities to adapt to a changing environment. A Timaru District Climate Change Strategy is in preparation, with community engagement in 2023 towards a draft strategy on climate adaptation.