A report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
About this document
Australia submits this Adaptation Communication at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to enhance the visibility and profile of adaptation, and to reflect on the adaptation progress Australia has made both at home and abroad. We look forward to actively contributing to global adaptation action in the years ahead, with a particular view to COP27 next year and COP28 in 2023 where we welcome a continued focus on adaptation, the Global Goal on Adaptation and the first Global Stocktake.
Based on the provisions of Paris Agreement Article 7, paragraphs 9, 10 and 11, and guidance from Decision 9/ CMA.1, Australia is pleased to submit our first Adaptation Communication, which complements Australia’s new National Adaptation Plan — the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy. This submission builds on Australia’s previous UNFCCC submissions, including Australia’s 7th National Communication on Climate Change (2017), Strategies and Approaches Submission (2018), First Biennial Communication (2020) and our second Nationally Determined Contribution (2020) where we committed to delivering an Adaptation Communication prior to COP26.
Our Adaptation Communication sets out Australia’s existing policy context for adaptation and climate resilience, and is structured as follows:
- Part 1 provides an overview of Australia’s national circumstances, governance arrangements and legal frameworks
- Part 2 focuses on national and subnational adaptation priorities
- Part 3 provides selected practical examples of Australia’s adaptation actions at home
- Part 4 provides selected practical examples of Australia’s international adaptation actions
- Additional annexes provide further non exhaustive examples of Australia’s adaptation and resilience actions across sectors and subnational parties.