National adaptation plan

Heading: inserted, on 14 November 2019, by section 8 of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 61).

5ZS National adaptation plan

(1)

In response to each national climate change risk assessment, the Minister must prepare a national adaptation plan.

(2)

A national adaptation plan must set out—

(a)

the Government’s objectives for adapting to the effects of climate change; and

(b)

the Government’s strategies, policies, and proposals for meeting those objectives; and

(c)

the time frames for implementing the strategies, policies, and proposals; and

(d)

how the matters in paragraphs (a) to (c) address the most significant risks identified in the most recent national climate change risk assessment; and

(e)

the measures and indicators that will enable regular monitoring of and reporting on the implementation of the strategies, policies, and proposals.

(3)

A national adaptation plan may include any other matter that the Minister considers relevant.

(4)

In preparing a national adaptation plan, the Minister must take into account the following:

(a)

economic, social, health, environmental, ecological, and cultural effects of climate change, including effects on iwi and Māori:

(b)

the distribution of the effects of climate change across society, taking particular account of vulnerable groups or sectors:

(c)

New Zealand’s relevant obligations under international agreements:

(d)

any information received as a result of requests made under section 5ZW:

(e)

any relevant advice or reports received from the Commission:

(f)

the ability of communities or organisations to undertake adaptation action, including how any action may be funded:

(g)

scientific and technical advice.

(5)

The Minister may also take into account any other matter that the Minister thinks is relevant or appropriate.

(6)

In preparing a national adaptation plan, the Minister must undertake public consultation on the draft plan.

Section 5ZS: inserted, on 14 November 2019, by section 8 of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 61).