$1.8M for BOP climate change projects
Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council has confirmed it will spend about $1.8m on funding climate change related projects as part of its 2021-31 Long Term Plan.
Two years ago, regional councillors acknowledged climate change as a serious issue for the region by declaring a climate emergency and making a commitment to work with the community on transitioning to a low carbon future and adapting to the changing climate.
Toi Moana Chief Executive Fiona McTavish says when it comes to climate change Council wants to work towards transformational change but in the immediate future focus is on practical, real actions, while working with communities and collaborating with partners.
McTavish says the funding will include a menu of small-scale, practical projects, which will have the ability to be scaled up.
“We recognise the importance of our leadership and advocacy role but we are also committing to support new and additional community initiatives and work with other local authorities as they engage with their communities.
We need to ensure the region is adapting to a changing climate and helping to facilitate a transition to a low carbon economy.”
Along with a number of community groups, funds will also go into a Whakatāne River Climate Change Resilience Plan, a bus decarbonisation feasibility study and a regional Climate Change adaptation plan.
Funding will also support iwi led climate change adaptation planning which covers an understanding of the risks being faced by a specific iwi or hapū as well as progressing a regional risk assessment.
This funding is in addition to Regional Council’s existing work programmes which also help climate change adaptation and mitigation such as public transport, biosecurity and environmental compliance.
Key Climate Change Related Projects in Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Long Term Plan include:
Free bus fares for school students
Bus decarbonisation feasibility study
Carless Wednesday Challenge funding
Tourism BOP Low Carbon Economy funding
Organisational emissions reduction initiatives
Priority One funding
Sustainable BOP Charitable Trust funding
Whakatāne River Climate Change Resilience Plan
Regional risk assessment development
Support of iwi and community led climate change adaptation planning
Climate Action Toolbox workshops
Analysis of regional EV charging infrastructure
Analysis of regional primary industry greenhouse gas emissions
Wetland restoration scoping study