Understanding Climate Change Adaptation from a Policy-Making Perspective: the Role and Importance of Translational Science
Thursday, 25 February 2016
Griffith University, Nathan campus
Adaptation presents policy makers, practitioners and businesses with a ‘wicked problem. It is dependent on characterising and understanding constantly evolving vulnerability and risk, with high uncertainty. It is also dependent on what happens at multiple spatial scales and across time. Therefore, adaptation planning for policy making is resource intensive, making it hard especially for many developing countries. It involves trade-offs between certain actions and, even with the best information and intent, can lead to adaptation policies and actions that create maladaptive futures.
Even with growing scientific knowledge about the likely impacts of climate change, moving forward with adaptation planning, policies and actions has not been easy, and levels of action on national to global scales are relatively slow (Brown et al., 2011). This talk outlines some of the common challenges and difficulties researchers and policy makers are facing in moving from understanding vulnerabilities and climate risks to actually being able to decide what policies and actions are required and implementing them. For example, the salience, credibility and usability of scientific information to different types of decision makers – e.g. those engaged in disaster risk management, climate mitigation and/or adaptation planning, utilities, health or agriculture – is often reliant upon the communication channels and engagement of decision makers and information providers. The talk aims to further open up the discussion on the role and importance of translational science for climate adaptation policy making.
About the presenter
Dr Rebecca Nadin, previously worked for the UK government for more than 10 years and has been involved in a number of adaptation planning and policy initiatives. She is currently the Director the Adapting to Climate Change in China project (ACCC), which is the first and only climate change adaptation planning policy initiative in China. Working with China’s National Development and Reform Commission, it national and sub-national policy levels to support the aims of China’s National Adaptation Strategy (NAS). ACCC II works with officials and researchers involved in the drafting, development and delivery of respective climate risk and resilience planning by introducing them to risk-based planning concepts.
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