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Climate Adaptation Congress

  1. 1. melbourne town hall 13 -14 October 2011 Climate Change adaptation CongReSS CReating a Climate ReSilient futuRe foR auStRaliaStructured Process Outcome Focused Identify ways to acknowledge the Identify and learn skills to face the  uncertainties surrounding the impact of challenges associated with building a future climate change into today’s decisions business case for adaptation Develop robust adaptation responses as part Create a forum for practical knowledge  of your organisation’s strategic response sharing – drawing on the collective expertise strategic planning of organisations already adapting Emphasise the need to make adaptation Evaluating and testing practical  planning a mainstream issue across adaptation responses and priorities your organisation using scenariosEvent Partner
  2. 2. pRogRam deSign We invite you to be part of an innovative process which requires your full engagement and interaction over the two days. the more you invest, the more you will gain in terms of practical value and outcomes. SeSSion deSign 1 leading expert presentations will be followed by facilitated group activities involving all delegates. 2 each participatory activity is designed to build on those that preceded it and integrate with the additional information provided by each opening speaker. participants will stay in the same groups throughout the two days to enable consistency and flow of work. 3 By the end of the day 2 groups will have created a narrative of their work. Who Will attend? Business managers – dealing with increasing  complexity and uncertainty and multiple shocks to their business models policy-makers – in finance, health, community  development, environment, primary industries, planning and transport ngos – working on climate and cross-cutting issues  Researchers – particularly those working on inter-  disciplinary themes relating to climate change2011 Climate Adaptation Congress Program 2
  3. 3. pReliminaRY pRogRamSome details in the agenda may be subject to change daY 1 13 october 20118:45am 10:20amintroduction by Congress Chair Coffee BreakRob gell, master of Ceremonies 10:40am – 11:00am9:00am – 9:40am introducing the Congress processopening addressFrom ‘climate sceptic’ to a leading voice on climate science, 10:00am – 12:00pmRear Admiral Titley will discuss climate change, and its adaptation and your organisation – where are youimpending implications on US national security. David is part and where are you going?of a special Task Force that has developed the Navy ArcticRoadmap, a 5 year strategic plan designed to ensure the US This session allows participants to consider the keynoteNavy is ready and capable of contributing to a safe, stable, presentation in the context of their organisations’ own work.and secure Arctic region throughout the 21st century. Roderick marsh, associate director, net BalanceRear admiral david titley, director, task force ClimateChange and oceanographer for the uS navy (uS) 12:00pm – 1:15pm practical priorities in adaptation planning9:40m – 10:20am Climate change compounds existing risks as well asopening Keynote introducing new ones. Understanding the intersection between adaptation and other shocks faced by organisationsusing information about future climates in is a crucial element of adaptation planning.adaptation decision-making: what works, what facilitated by Jenni metcalfe, director, econnectdoesn’t and what’s possible Bill hartnett, Sustainability manager, localInformation about future climates is characterised by uncertainty. government SuperPlanners and decision-makers need to understand where projec- final speaker (tbc)tions and other accounts of climate futures are uncertain and howthis uncertainty should influence their decision-making. SESSION OUTCOMESfollowed by questions and discussiondr graeme pearman, graeme pearman Consulting participants should leave this session understanding: ✔ The way that climate risk compounds existing organisational risks as well as creates new ones. SESSION OUTCOMES ✔ How this affects value (particularly financial) ofparticipants should leave this session understanding: adaptation actions – in single organisations as well as across a community/class of organisation/nation etc.✔ The uncertainty in climate projections and how levels of uncertainty change with scale, timing and location of ✔ New hints/principles for prioritising adaptation actions potential climate impacts from this perspective✔ Which climatic changes might be ‘locked in’ by past emissions, current emissions trajectories or might be averted through strong mitigation efforts✔ The importance of assessing climate futures using range of future climate outcomes rather than point estimates✔ The importance of considering low probability, high consequence outcomes in adaptation planning.2011 Climate Adaptation Congress Program 3
  4. 4. pReliminaRY pRogRamSome details in the agenda may be subject to change daY 1 13 october 20111:15pm 3:30pmlunch Coffee Break2:15pm – 3:30pm 3:45pm – 5:00pmBuilding a business case for adaptation investment embedding climate adaptation: building robustand organisational change decision-making capabilityAdaptation planning needs to be integrated into almost There is no simple design for adaptation decision-making.all elements of an organisation’s activities – strategic and The ‘best’ design, plan or strategy for adaptation may beoperational. This is challenging. Many characteristics of one that offers a satisfactory solution under a wide rangethe adaptation problem do not integrate well with typical of possible futures. It may not be the cheapest, easiest toapproaches to decision-making in most organisation. implement or the one with the clearest long-term outcome.facilitated by Jenni metcalfe, director, econnect Good adaptation decision-making responds to climateCouncillor Krista milne, Sustainability manager, change uncertainty by maintaining flexibility, testing options,City of melbourne maintaining links with a wide range of stakeholders. Adaptation requires a change from ‘predict-then-act’dr Bruce taylor, CSiRo approaches to ‘explore-then-test’ ones.david Rissik, deputy director, nCCaRf Roderick marsh, associate director, net Balance Case Study tbc SESSION OUTCOMESparticipants will hear about: SESSION OUTCOMES✔ Common pitfalls and challenges that arise when participants should leave this session with an addressing climate change adaptation in organisations understanding of: (e.g. perceptions of climate change, managing uncertainty, relevance of adaptation spend in the context ✔ What makes decisions robust of short-term priorities, cost). ✔ How to design decision-making processes so they are✔ Ways to approach organisational inertia on climate most likely to deliver robust outcomes change adaptation✔ How to justify long-term climate change adaptation expenditure, while managing the risks of over, under 5:00pm and mal-adaptation.✔ How to integrate existing knowledge across disciplines Closing Comments day one and develop and communicate new knowledge. and networking drinks2011 Climate Adaptation Congress Program 4
  5. 5. pReliminaRY pRogRamSome details in the agenda may be subject to change daY 2 14 october 20119:00am – 9.45am 11:15am – 12:30pmKeynote address Working group Session 1:the Risks of a Changing Climate Combining priorities for action withWill Steffen provides a candid picture of the impacts of organisationally-relevant scenariosclimate change on the earth systems. This session is Participants will use their work from the day 1 sessiondesigned to help anchor the day’s discussions in physical ‘practical priorities in adaptation planning’ to develop threerealities of climate change. scenarios to provide context for future decision making.professor Will Steffen, executive director and ClimateCommissioner, anu Climate Change institute and Climate SESSION OUTCOMESCommissioner participants will develop:9:45am ✔ list of information requirements for prioritisation and A decision makingScenario planning for adaptation: what works, ✔ Three possible scenarios that capture a range of futurewhat doesn’t, what’s promising outcomes against which adaptation decisions can be evaluatedScenario planning has a long history as a tool for dealingwith uncertain futures. It can be a controversial tool.Some suggest detailed scenarios risk ‘locking-in’ thinking 12:30pmabout the future to a limited range of possibilities; othersemphasise the value of scenarios as a way of ‘stress- lunchtesting’ plans and informing discussions about policy andgovernance in the context of uncertainty and complexity. 1:30pm – 2:45pmfollowed by questions and discussion Working group Session 2:professor John Wiseman, university of melbourne using scenarios to test adaptation responsesdr lauren Rickards, university of melbourne SESSION OUTCOMES SESSION OUTCOMES participants will:participants should gain an understanding of: ✔ Obtain hands-on experience evaluating and testing✔ How scenarios can be incorporated into adaptation adaptation responses and priorities using scenarios planning developed for that purpose✔ How to develop useful scenarios ✔ Understand the value of scenarios as tools to explore✔ How to best use them to improve decision-making uncertainty and complexity and test the robustness of adaptation responses to a wide range of possible futures10:15am – 10:45am led by ian dunlop (tbc)Coffee Break 2:45pm Coffee Break2011 Climate Adaptation Congress Program 5
  6. 6. pReliminaRY pRogRamSome details in the agenda may be subject to change daY 2 14 october 20113:00pm – 4:15pmWorking group Session 3:using scenarios and climate information in abusiness case for action on adaptationIncluding the results of work focused on exploring uncertaintyand complexity and generating robust solutions in atraditional business case can be hard.Many organisations demand more certainty (even if it isillusory) in business cases than robust solutions can provide.Robust solutions work best in situations where uncertaintycannot be reduced. SESSION OUTCOMESparticipants should leave the session understanding:✔ How scenarios and information about climate futures can be incorporated in a business case✔ How scenarios can be used to improve organisations decision-makingled by facilitator from net Balance (tbc)4:15pmClosing Remarks and Close of Congress2011 Climate Adaptation Congress Program 6
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