Chair: Leanne Webb
Changing the narrative of adaptation, preparing for a 4°C future (900)
As we experience the actual effects of climate change, and commit ourselves to many more, preparing the world for the effects of that change is just as important as mitigating how much more change is imposed upon us in the future. A world at >4°C is still hard to deeply visualise, but we have growing confidence that it would require transformative change in human systems. To move from thinking about impacts as a means to promote mitigation to delivering real adaptation action requires a significant change in narrative, one which is slowly percolating through our community. It means moving from problems to solutions, from a focus on distant 2070 impacts to decisions being made today, from lamenting uncertainty to emphasising well-known risk management, and from characterising climate change as an environmental issue to emphasising the social and economic dimensions of adaptation. It also means upping the scale at which we think about adaptation, from many local actions to emergent, regional and economy-wide implications. And, increasingly, it means looking beyond climate to a whole suite of other global environmental changes that share the slow onset, global scale, hard-to-forecast characteristics of climate change, for which the same adaptation approaches are likely to be needed.
The Impact of place identity on responding to climate change (901)
Media frames and memory: social constructions of climate change following the 2011 Brisbane flood (902)
Using iconic status and social science to manage climate change impacts on the GBR (1126)
Understanding the social and cultural consequences of climate change is a vital consideration for resource managers as they plan for climate adaptation. However,many resource management agencies do not explicitly prioritise the integration of social science into decision-making processes. Incorporating the human dimension into the management of iconic ecosystems threatened by climate change may result in decisions that better reflect their place within the community. Using the Great Barrier Reef as a case study, a World Heritage Area especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, we present baseline data from the first nationally representative survey (n = 2,002) to explore Australian attitudes about the Great Barrier Reef. Results indicate that the Great Barrier Reef inspires Australians, promotes pride, and instills a sense of individual identity and collective responsibility. These results provide powerful and symbolic levers to enhance public support for policies and behaviours that conserve Reef values. Here we discuss how such high levels of concern and personal connection to an international environmental icon may provide confidence to political leaders, reduce the uncertainty about the importance of iconic ecosystems and provide clarity and guidance to better manage climate-sensitive systems both within Australia and around the world.
Square pegs for round holes? Researchers, consultants and staff practitioners as adaptation knowledge brokers (903)
Communication underpins shared risk management (1089)
The South Australian climate change adaptation program focuses on grass-roots engagement and building partnerships with local decision-makers from Natural Resources Management Boards, Regional Development Australia committees, local government and key regional industry leaders. The emphasis is on a collective risk management approach to decision making that enables climate change politics to be removed from regional adaptation planning processes.
The success of the adaptation program is underpinned by the identification and engagement of key stakeholders in each planning region, combined with the use of innovative communication techniques that build interest and generate ideas. The annual South Australian Climate Change Adaptation Showcase demonstrates the collaborative nature of the adaptation program. The Showcase is well-attended by adaptation practitioners, researchers, natural resources management professionals, regional development leaders, government officials, and industry representatives from across Australia. It provides a genuine platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities encountered in adaptation planning, and for sharing information among peers.
- Meeting Room 6
- Date:September 30, 2014
- Time:15:30 - 17:00
- Event:Climate Adaptation 2014 ‘Future Challenges’