About this project

The objectives of the Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Project are to:

  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the present current scientific research on the anticipated impacts of climate change for alpine environments, including Victorian alpine resorts;
  • Inform, consult and involve stakeholders in identifying and understanding the risks, vulnerabilities and capacities of the alpine resorts sector within the context of a changing climate;
  • Provide stakeholders with formal opportunities to share their views, expertise and vision on Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation;
  • Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to build resilience within the alpine resort sector to the impacts of climate change; and
  • Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to manage the transition and transformation required to maintain sector sustainability in a changing climate.

A social and economic vulnerability assessment is the first stage of the Alpine Resorts Climate Adaptation Project. It will explore the:

  • social, economic, institutional and technical vulnerabilities for the Victorian alpine resorts sector
  • skills and capacities available within the Victorian alpine sector, including its local industries and communities, to respond to climate change impacts.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has appointed SGS Economics and Planning to undertake a vulnerability assessment (social and economic) for the Victorian alpine resorts sector.

The information generated in this first stage will be required for the next stage, climate adaptation planning. The final, third, stage will implement strategies to support the alpine resorts to adapt to climate change.

Consultation update - workshop results now available

Between April 26 and May 12 2017, twelve workshops were held across the Alpine region and in Melbourne. Thank you to those who registered and participated. Around 150 stakeholders representing a broad range of interests attended throughout the series and a large contribution of information, insight, knowledge and experience has been gathered.

The workshop results are now available. There are two documents per workshop: a summary of the workshop's results and a record of all sticky notes posted during the workshop.

To produce the workshop results, each sticky note contribution is counted as one 'expression'. Each expression is interpreted and categorised according to its primary theme. For example, a sticky note expression of an economic value along the lines of '$ contributed to the local and state economy' has been categorised as an 'economic contribution' value. The record of sticky note text provides more context and detail.

A reminder about the workshop approach

Workshop participants were provided with information about the expected effects of climate change on the alpine environment and an overview of climate change adaptation concepts: why understanding values, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities is an important first step towards adaptation planning.

Participants were asked to explore the economic, social and cultural values of the alpine resorts. They were given some examples of these, then asked to nominate what they value and provide their view about the relative vulnerability (minor, moderate or major) of their values to climate change.

Participants were also asked to explore the adaptive capacity of the alpine resorts, through their ideas about opportunities for adaptation, and current strengths and weaknesses. Participants were asked to name opportunities and to provide a view about the relative timeframe within which they think an opportunity could be realised (short term, medium term, long term). When naming strengths and weaknesses, participants were asked to consider the relative significance of any strength or weakness they nominated (minor, moderate, major).

Perceptions were tracked according to a general categorisation of stakeholder perspectives:

  • Alpine Resort Management
  • Business
  • Community
  • Environmental
  • Government
Participants were invited to express their perceptions according to these stakeholder perspectives, noting that they could choose to express themselves from more than one perspective.

Alpine Resort Futures Systems Map

One of the outputs from the Vulnerability Assessment project is a map of the Alpine Resort Sector system. This map, developed using Kumu software, illustrates the forces that contribute to the Victorian alpine resort sector. The information gathered during the workshops has been used to create the map, which can be used by stakeholders to understand relationships and appreciate different perspectives. Understanding the links between parts of the system will aid stakeholders when adaptation planning is undertaken in the next stage of the climate adaptation project.