We know extreme weather patterns such as years of drought and bushfires followed by heavy rainfall and flooding, will continue to rise in both frequency and severity and presents a challenge to our communities, cities and regional places. We also know the demand for water is increasing as a result of population growth and relocation, adding pressure to requirements for environmental and cultural uses.

“Catastrophic events such as these drive us to design innovative solutions which avoid residual impacts, improve biodiversity values, and mitigate impacts on connectivity to strengthen our communities’ resilience to future events, " says Graham Pointer, WSP's Future Ready Lead in Australia.

“We know Australia is a global leader in legislative responses to biodiversity loss with its priorities set on implementing biodiversity offsetting and developing biodiversity offset market economies2. We are seeing government propose high priority initiatives with strategies to address water scarcity and shortages. The question is, what more can we be doing now as our climate continues to shift and how can we apply the lessons learned to help us build back better?”

To build back better in response to the increasing biodiversity loss and need for water security, our clients’ infrastructure projects will require increased detail around planning and approvals, rigorous business case development, new or improved route selection, and thorough assessments around a project’s viability.

In this next segment of our Resilience Series, we engage our experts to share how these key trends are impacting Australia and provide practical ways we can be doing more now.