Guidance on how to build a business case for climate change adaptation: lessons from coastal Australia

Banhalmi-Zakar, Zsuzsa, and Hales, Robert (2016) Guidance on how to build a business case for climate change adaptation: lessons from coastal Australia. Manual. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] Effective business plans for climate adaptation are essential to ensure organisational support, access to required resources, and ultimately to achieve action. Successful business cases rely on properly structured and informed documents, and also on taking a strategic approach to progressing the business case through the organisation. The success of a business cases relies on: the tactical use of extreme weather events to position the business case strategy; the persuasive use of evidence of local socio-economic impacts of climate and climate change; and the framing of adaptation risks as part of existing business processes. Building a case requires preparation that often involves input from external specialists who can help develop innovative approaches to measure and communicate the benefits of adaptation.

Below we provide guidance on developing a business case for adaptation. This includes outlining why a business case is required, what a business case is and why a business case is different for adaptation than for other activities. We also identify key elements of a business case and lessons learned from a recent study of business cases for adaptation in local government and business (Hales et al. 2016). Finally, we identify several factors that we suggest are key enablers to ensure that adaptation business cases are adopted.

Item ID: 48784
Item Type: Report (Manual)
Keywords: adaptation, climate change, business case
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CoastAdapt is an information delivery and decision support tool, helping coastal managers in Australia adapt to climate change and sea-level rise.

Funders: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 23:16
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 25%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 50%
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