• Climate Change

Creating a cooler, greener, wilder, and climate-resilient Adelaide

  • Context

GDP (US$): 81,5 B$

POPULATION: 4 500 00

  • Initiative

Green Adelaide is a statutory board established in July 2020 by the government of South Australia with a vision to create a cooler, greener, wilder, and climate-resilient Adelaide that celebrates its unique culture.

Green Adelaide has been set up to be the first dedicated, urban landscape specialist. The board is helping to drive and guide Adelaide’s love of and connection with nature, and to develop practically a greener, wilder, and cooler capital city. Green Adelaide spans across 17 metropolitan council areas and includes about a third of the Gulf St Vincent (a body of water off the coast of South Australia). Its mission is to encourage activities and policies for metropolitan South Australia that enable pro-environmental behaviour change through facilitating partnerships, investing in aligned initiatives, educating about nature, and delivering iconic on-ground environmental projects.

Green Adelaide has seven goals and four iconic projects. Green Adelaide’s work is guided by these goals, while the iconic projects are multi-year, large scale projects which require multi-partners to achieve the vision.

  • Goals include:
    1. Conserve and restore coastal and marine habitats and biodiversity;
    2. Deliver social and cultural benefits through water resources;
    3. Build industry and community capacity to design cooler and greener urban infrastructure;
    4. Increase the extent and quality of urban green cover;
    5. Conserve, restore, and expand habitats for native flora and fauna;
    6. Manage the impacts of pests and overabundant native species;
    7. Inspire communities to value, connect with, and care for nature.
  • Iconic projects include:
    1. Rewilding our urban landscape;
    2. Greening our streets, open spaces, and backyards;
    3. Making Adelaide the world’s second National Park City (after London) – a cultural movement to better connect people with nature in an urban environment;
    4. Restoring Kaurna (i.e. Traditional Aboriginal owners of the land) cultural practices.


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