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Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.

Australia Australia

Last update2 Sept. 2020

Categories

Response
Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
Recovery
Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
Redesign
Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.

1.Climate mitigation measures

2.Climate adaptation measures

  • Adaptation planning

    Recovery
    Climate Compass: a climate risk management framework designed to help Australian public servants manage the risks from the changing climate to policies, programs and asset management. It includes step by step instructions, guidance and information to develop an understanding of climate change risks. Climate Compass builds on the best climate change adaptation research and science over the past decade. Climate Compass reflects the current leading practice in guidance for climate risk management and planning for long-term, uncertain, pervasive change.
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Agr/food security

    Recovery
    National Landcare Program: $1 billion National Landcare Program over six years to June 2023, contributes towards sustainable agricultural outcomes including improving soil, biodiversity and vegetation, and increasing the capacity of our farms to adapt to climate change and evolving market demands.
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Others

    Recovery
    Emissions Reduction Fund: Through the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, emissions are being reduced and carbon sequestered from a range of measures including nature-based solutions. Under the Fund, carbon credits are issued to farmers and land holders for investing in technologies or implementing new operations that reduce or sequester carbon such as revegetation and reforestation. Projects being implemented under the Fund include sequestering carbon in agricultural soils and protecting and planting vegetation on farm land. And across northern Australia, Indigenous land owners and pastoralists earn carbon credits through projects which better manage fire in savanna landscapes. More than 44 million carbon credits have been issued to farm and land management participants under the Fund.
    ContactDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

3.Cross-cutting measures

4.Other environmental measures

  • Measures related to ecosystem services / biodiversity / land use / agriculture

    RecoveryRedesign
    Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Review: The Government will prioritise the development of new national environmental standards, further streamlining approval processes with State governments and national engagement on indigenous cultural heritage as part of the Australian Government’s COVID recovery plan.
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Measures related to ecosystem services / biodiversity / land use / agriculture

    ResponseRecovery
    Investment in National Parks: $233 million investment into Parks Australia to deliver infrastructure upgrades across national parks and at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. New and improved infrastructure means more tourism, more jobs and better outcomes for Australians living in regional and remote areas to respond to the economic challenges of COVID
    Referencehttps://parksaustralia.gov.au/news/record-investment-in-parks-australia/
    New and improved infrastructure means more tourism, more jobs and better outcomes for Australians living in regional and remote areas, which is vital as we move through the economic challenges of COVID
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Response
    Relief for oil recovery sector: This initiative provides $7.8 million to temporarily increase the benefit paid to oil recyclers under the Product Stewardship Oil Scheme. This will support an industry severely affected by COVID-19, and support the continued collection and re-refining of waste oil.
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Waste management and Circular economy / sustainable production and consumption

    Redesign
    Recycling Modernisation Fund: $190 million to a new Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) to support innovative investment in new infrastructure to sort, process and remanufacture materials such as mixed plastic, paper, tyres and glass, with Commonwealth funding contingent on co-funding from industry, states and territories.
    ContactDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

5.International Cooperation

  • Others

    Recovery
    Pacific engagement: Collaborative outreach and engagement with Pacific Island countries to communicate the key findings of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report applicable to the region and highlight opportunities for action. The activity will be implemented in consultation with regional stakeholders, and delivered in partnership with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and the Australian National University.
    ContactDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigation

    ResponseRecovery
    International Solar Alliance: DFAT is supporting the International Solar Alliance to expand its ISA Cares program into its Pacific member states. This program seeks to enhance healthcare centres' electricity access and the reliability of the supply by deploying solar energy solutions.
    ContactDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change mitigation

    Recovery
    Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases: The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will Chair the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases from March 2021. DFAT is supporting ACIAR to use its term as Chair to deepen the GRA's engagement in the Indo-Pacific and enhance the region's agricultural productivity and resilience.
    ContactDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change adaptation

    ResponseRecovery
    Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific: DFAT is investing in the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac), which supports collection, analysis and communication of climate, oceans and sea level data, including for key economic sectors. The program is now focussing on COVID recovery by applying rainfall forecasts to support planning in agriculture, water, infrastructure, and renewable energy. Rainfall and temperature predictions help farmers plan for planting and harvesting, and prepare for disasters like droughts and tropical cyclones. Ocean predictions (tide, currents, wind and waves) support community activities (e.g. fishing, tourism and shipping - e.g. route planning to minimise delays and fuel costs).
    ContactDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change adaptation

    ResponseRecovery
    Women’s Weather Watch through ActionAid in Vanuatu and FEMLINK in Fiji: DFAT is supporting Women’s Weather Watch through ActionAid in Vanuatu and FEMLINK in Fiji; a female-led early warning system for disasters and weather outlooks, which now disseminates health information to respond to COVID-19.
    ContactDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change adaptation

    ResponseRecovery
    Blue Carbon Programs: The Australian Government is supporting countries in the Indo -Pacific to build their capacity to protect coastal blue carbon ecosystems. This includes a $6 million Pacific Blue Carbon Initiative and a $2 million Indonesia-Australia Program. Both programs will strengthen blue carbon expertise and data, support integration of blue carbon into national greenhouse gas accounting and climate policy, and encourage public and private sector investment. Both programs aim to: advance protection and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems for climate action; address barriers to blue carbon management; strengthen blue carbon expertise and data, support its integration into national greenhouse gas accounting and climate policy; and encourage public and private sector investment.
    ContactDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • COVID19 recovery and climate change adaptation

    ResponseRecovery
    Global Forest Observations Initiative: continued support for GFOI, an international partnership that helps developing countries build robust MRV systems to calculate changes to forests and the contribution of their destruction and degradation to greenhouse gas emissions. Accurate measurements are the bedrock of effective forest policies supporting climate action.
    ContactDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources