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‘The process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects. In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate or avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities. In some natural systems, human intervention may facilitate adjustment to expected climate and its effects’.
- Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (Summary for Policymakers) - IPCC

Warming trends and other impacts of climate change that are beginning to occur will likely become greater in the future. In order to protect our unique environment and our thriving economy, a number of policies and measures are needed to prepare WA for the challenges of climate change now and into the future. Western Australians will need to adapt in order to ensure the wellbeing of the community, the environment and the economy, and to minimise the costs of climate change impacts on society.

The state government released its Climate Change Strategy, pdfAdapting to our Changing Climate1.11 MB, in 2012.  The strategy outlines the key climate change challenges and establishes a high-level strategic framework for agencies to develop responses to climate change adaptation for implementation in relevant sectors.