Environmental Cluster Images
Environmental Cluster Images
Environmental Cluster Images
Environmental Cluster Images


“To halt the decline of an ecosystem, it is necessary to think like an ecosystem.” - Douglas P. Wheeler

Knowledge Centre


This is a new area for COBOP beginning in 2017.   Since then, the COBOP environmental cluster has refocussed on climate change as the key challenge for collaboration across the region and is currently working on establishing a regional climate change collaboration.  As a complex challenge, this requires central government agencies, regional and local councils, business, community and Iwi sectors to work together.

In 2017, six of the seven Local Authority Mayors/Chair in the Bay of Plenty region signed the Local Government Leaders Declaration on Climate Change agreeing to develop and implement ambitious action plans that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support resilience within our own councils and for our local communities, work with our communities to understand, prepare for and respond to the physical impacts of climate change and to work with central government to deliver on national emission reduction targets and support resilience in our communities.

In November 2017 Rotorua Lakes Council hosted a workshop with the UN Global Compact Cities for Councils around the region, the new Labour-led Government established a climate change programme for New Zealand and Local Government NZ support the work of Local Councils to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 Contact the COBOP Coordinator for further information.


  1. Deliberate actions on climate change
  2. Coordination of planning and resources around adaptation and mitigation
  3. Creating common language around climate change that shows leadership and courage for adaptation and mitigation
Final Terms of Reference here
2018 meeting schedule 
  • 27th February 2018
  • 3rd April 2018 
  • 12th June 2018 - workshop involving other sectors 
  • 12th July TBC
  • Working Group meetings: 12th Sept communications and engagement; 13th Sept policy and planning
  • 3 October: All Councils Workshop, Te Puke.  Contact Jane Palmer, BOPRC for further information.
  • 16 October Regional Climate Change Collaboration meeting, Te Puke


There are many agencies working on the many facets of climate change.  Coming soon is a PDF overview on roles and responsbilities for climate change, to give you an idea of who is leading the conversation on what.

CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION, related links and presentations





United Nations Global Compact Cities

Ministry for the Environment Climate Change webpage/s


MfE National Policy Statements


Adapting to Climate Change in New Zealand


The 100 Day Plan for Climate Change

BOPRC: Climate Change Projections for the BOP region


BOPRC: Climate Change in the Bay of Plenty 


BOPRC: Climate Change What's in Store? (Factsheet)

Local Councils

Rotorua Lakes Council: Sustainable Living Strategy; RLC 2018-2028 Long Term Plan

Whakatane District Council: Community Outcomes, Valuing our Environment


Tauranga City Council: Environment Strategy


Western BOP Council: 2018 - 2028 LTP CONSULTATION DOCUMENT (scroll down to protecting the environment)


Kawerau District Council: 2018-2028 Long Term Plan


Opotiki District Council: 2018-2028 Long Term Plan


Taupo District Council: 2018-2028 Long Term Plan Consultation Document

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Local Government NZ led work:

LGNZ Climate Change on a page 


Local Government Leaders Declaration on Climate Change


Local Government Leaders’ Position Statement on Climate Change

LG Risk Agency


Managing natural hazard risk in New Zealand

BOP Regional Council: What we are doing


BOPRC Bay of Plenty 2015/16 community carbon footprint report December 2017


BOPRC Regional Land Transport Plan 2018 Consultation Summary

Vital Signs Reports:

Western BOP;




Biophilic Cities





NZ Atmosphere and Climate at a glance (factsheet)


Our atmosphere and climate 2017 (report)


Bay of Connections Regional Growth Programme


Bay of Connections Energy Strategy

Tauranga and Western BOP Carbon Reduction Group

The Paris Agreement and other international responses

National Science Challenges: Deep South Science Challenge; Resilience to Nature


Sustainable Backyards

Regional Community Network

UNISDR The Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient Checklist Summary

National Disaster Resilience Strategy development

BOP Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Reports (varied)

ESR Report: Climate Change and Environmental Health    
Canada's Action on Climate Change

Department of Conservation (DOC): Climate Change and Biodiversity

Public Health:

Climate Action Network Australia

MPI: Climate change and the Primary Industries

Sustainable Business Network  

Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority: Energy Use in NZ; Funding and Support

MfE Climate Change Resources for Regions



Productivity Commission: 

Low-emissions economy draft report 


Report confirms increasing emissions impacting NZ


Snapshot – Summary of New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990–2016


Interactive greenhouse emissions tracker


Productivity Commission Final Report on a Low Emissions Economy (August 2018)