31 May, 2016 by Staff Reporter
On Friday 8 April, 2016, The Antarctic Report hosted a conference in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, called Sea Level Rise: Implementing Adaptation Strategies. The conference brought together international experts, as well as New Zealand’s leading policy makers, scientists and key industry representatives, to showcase effective adaptation strategies to manage the impact of sea level rise in New Zealand.
The Auckland region is home to New Zealand’s largest city, approximately 3,200km of dynamic coastline and three harbours, which are some of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Auckland has the largest population density to coastline ratio of any city in New Zealand, and faces some significant challenges as a result of sea level rise. Lara Clarke, a policy planner in Auckland Council's Unitary Plan team, discusses how the council and its council-controlled organisation partners are mitigating the predicted impacts of sea level rise through the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan.
Larissa (Lara) Clarke works as a Policy Planner in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan team. For Auckland Council Lara has led climate change and natural hazards works streams responding to submissions and engaging in the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearing process. Lara is involved in inputting to Council’s internal strategies in relation to coastal hazards, climate change adaptation and resilience this involves consulting with operational, research and strategic departments and Council Controlled Organisations and development partners.