ENGINEERING IMPACT AWARD
THE NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE RISK ASSESSMENT
NCCRA consortium led by AECOM, Tonkin + Taylor and NIWA, with Latitude, Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University, and serval independent consultants
The National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) is a major milestone in New Zealand’s climate change response. For the first time, the top priority risks we face concerning climate change have been defined. Its vision is to ensure the entire nation is resilient to the impacts of climate change in the long term.
NCCRA is a piece of work that will have huge and lasting impacts for Aotearoa. As a critical and core tool for the future of New Zealand, there’s no area of society that the NCCRA will not touch. This project is a standout example of how engineering can help solve the biggest problems society faces.
It gives a national overview of how New Zealand may be affected by climate-change-related hazards and identifies the main risks and opportunities. It highlights information gaps and helps identify where the Government needs to focus its actions. It’ll inform all facets of New Zealand’s adaptation plan.
Designed for practical application, it’s already informing the Climate Change Commission’s draft recommendations and will shape Government policy, assist central agencies to make key decisions, and flow into the work of iwi/hapu and local government.