Resilience – Building health from a regional response to climate change

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Program/Project Resilience- Building health from a regional response to climate change
Period/Length Two years
Aim To increase the food resilience and transport options in the Northern Rivers of NSW
Year 2008
Target Group Regional organisations on the Northern Rivers
Reach Regional organisations across the Northern Rivers
Locations Northern Rivers of NSW
Partners Byron Region Community College, Northern Land Council, North Coast TAFE, Southern Cross University, and the Northern Rivers Social Development Council
Funding NSW Health Environment Branch in partnership with the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water funded NCHP
Full Report Resilience-Building health from regional responses to climate change, Project Report (2009)
Resources Link to website – Sustain Northern Rivers
More Information See below

What strategies were used?

To develop practical projects to increase the food resilience and transport options in the region, while simultaneously exploring a conceptual framework that would expedite innovative responses to climate change.

What were the program outcomes?

Sustain Northern Rivers is the overall collaboration of about 20 Northern Rivers organisations working together to accelerate action on climate change. Health Promotion is involved in Sustain Food which aims to increase production and consumption of local healthy food and Sustain Transport which aims to increase active transport (walking and cycling and public transport).

The use of Action Learning methodology to explore how complex adaptive systems theory might be useful in accelerating social responses to climate change, and in creating the conditions for population health. The learning history conducted for this project highlights both the usefulness of complex adaptive systems theory, and of action learning as a process for integrating what is for many, a new paradigm for understanding social processes. The experience of North Coast Health Promotion is that complex adaptive systems theory represents a paradigm shift. The concepts take time to understand and integrate. However, the use of action learning methodology served well to facilitate a cultural shift to embrace a new explanatory paradigm.