Climate adaptation is the issue of the day for the city, state and planet, yet it is much misunderstood by citizens. The changes that must take place are significant. They involve alterations to the physical environment as well as changes to individual and collective behaviour. Resistance to many of the policies that the government and the city are planning is likely to come from citizens, developers and diverse governance agencies. The discipline of Environment and Planning supports the emphasis that the draft development plan places upon climate adaptation.
We are of the belief that a very significant information campaign, citizen engagement and promotion of the climate adaptation policies needs to take place if the plans in the draft development plan are to be both successful and adopted by the majority of key actors in the city’s development. Theses will only work if there is significant buy in by the city’s population.