Panel sessions

Where to now? Adaptation post-Paris

Sponsored by the Australian Department of the Environment.

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, called the Paris Agreement. The Agreement sets out an ambitious global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C (pursuing efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C). It also commits countries to a range of adaptation activities to strengthen societies’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. The panel will discuss the implications of the Agreement for adaptation policy for the regional, national and sub-national governments and business Helen Wilson, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation.

Beth Brunoro, Assistant Secretary, Climate Change Policy Branch, Department of the Environment.
Michelle English, Manager, Climate Change Unit, SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
Kosi Latu, DG, Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme.
Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change.

Enabling collaborative adaptation responses

Sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

A panel session to explore how stakeholders could identify and develop collaborative adaptation outcomes. NSW OEH, Sydney Water and Climate Risk are building on tools like Adapt WaterTM to develop the Adaptation Infrastructure and the Cross Dependency Initiative (XDi) to help understand where collaborative response could occur in the infrastructure sector. The panel will explore how these collaborative outcomes might be achieved and discuss the current governance structures that impede collaborative outcomes.

Moderator: Karl Mallon, Climate Risk

Panel Part 1: XDI – real world examples and solutions

Christine Turner, Sydney Water: A real world example from Sydney Water

Chris Lee, OEH: Bringing together infrastructure partners

Karl Mallon, Climate Risk: The challenges of sharing secure information

Part 2: Real opportunities and projects

Chris Royal, Sydney Trains

Part 3: Innovative ways to finance adaptation

Sean Kidney, Climate Bonds Initiative, UK

Katie Eberle, Department of the Environment

Smarter farming on Adelaide’s doorstep

Sponsored by SARDI and the Adelaide and Mt Lofty NRM Board

Introduction to the nexus between primary production, urban encroachment and climate risk in the Adelaide Mt Lofty region Presentations on current adaptation responses by key agricultural sectors in the district (viticulture, dairy, perennial horticulture and annual horticulture) including recent and ongoing initiatives that have applicability beyond the AMLR region including:

Tony Fox, District Manager, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges.
Susie Green, CEO, Apple and Pear Growers Association.
Nicki Robbins, Viticultural Development Officer, Barossa Grape and Wine Association.
Paul Petrie, Viticulture Scientist, The Australian Wine Research Institute and SARDI.
Monique White, Regional Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator, Dairy Australia.
Followed by a panel discussion of questions posed by facilitators and audience.

Lessons on implementation from different contexts

Sponsored by Adelaide City Council

Adelaide City Council has partnered with seven councils to develop the Resilient East Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The panel session provides an opportunity to reflect on moving from adaptation planning to implementation from different perspectives, contexts and approaches.

Rising above conflict and sea levels: adaptation through community collaboration with lakeside communities at Marks Point and Belmont South (Greg Giles)

Process to improve NSW Government agency preparedness for climate change (Aaron Coutts-Smith)

Pathway to Implementation for Climate Adaptation Research: Lessons Learnt from the Mekong Delta, Vietnam (Minh Nguyen)