Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action

FAVeR

CeRDI, in collaboration with the councils of the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA), recently developed the How Well Are We Adapting web portal. The portal offers a web-based tool to assist the WAGA councils to implement a framework for monitoring, evaluation and reporting on climate adaptation.

WAGA council members are drawn from local governments in Melbourne’s west, including the Cities of Brimbank, Greater Geelong, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham, and the Shire of Moorabool. Collectively, they aim to respond to climate change across the region by implementing plans and projects that focus on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions as well as adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

The How Well Are We Adapting framework, developed in partnership with the RMIT Centre for Urban Research and Net Balance Foundation, underpins the work of the WAGA councils. It specifies the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on climate adaptation performance of the WAGA member councils. The framework is unique, being among the world-wide first climate change adaptation monitoring and evaluation framework implemented for measuring adaptation focused on local government, and developed and tested by decision-makers.

In 2016, CeRDI was engaged by the WAGA councils to develop the How Well Are We Adapting portal. The portal provides the foundation for developing the capacity for councils and each of their communities to respond to and manage municipal climate impacts. The CeRDI project team, comprising Birgita Hansen, Heath Gillett, Craig Briody and Drew Collins, have worked extensively with the WAGA councils to develop the portal, and have implemented a novel approach to monitoring, evaluation and reporting on climate adaptation. The portal combines both the spatial visualisation of data in an interactive map with on-the-fly data summary through the indicator reporting tool.

In commenting about the unique technological features of the portal, Birgita said “The combination spatial visualisation of data in an interactive map with on-the-fly data dynamically links the data reporting tools and the mapping tool enables rapid numerical, qualitative and spatial summaries for end users”.

The project portal will build the capacity of the member councils to respond and manage climate threats, and will also provide important information for residents across the region to develop and raises awareness of local climate change impacts and how these can be addressed.

The portal was launched in early May at Brimbank City Council. It will continue to be enhanced over coming months once wider community and council feedback is received.

How well are we adapting portal: adapt.waga.com.au