Reimagining Climate Adaptation Summit

After the devastating bushfires of last summer, it is clear that Australia needs an evidence-based policy response to the range of emerging threats posed by environmental change. We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments earlier in 2020 on the need to focus on resilience and adaptation for all Australians—and argue it must be done in a substantive, inclusive, community-based manner.

Hosted by the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, Future Earth Australia is bringing experts from research, business, practice, decision making and communities together to look forward and set out a clear agenda for climate adaptation across our society and economy as we reduce our emissions. Adaptation and resilience must be undertaken with respect to enabling a just transition to climate sustainability for all Australians.

The Reimagining Climate Adaptation Summit will take place across 4 days, from 19-22 April 2021, via Zoom. 

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Speakers include:

  • Dr Marcelo Mena Carrasco - Director of the Center for Climate Action, PUCV; Chilean Minister for Environment 2017-2018. 
  • Ms Glarinda Andre - Coordinator, Live&Learn project, Nakau Programme REDD+ Vanuatu
  • Prof Jon Barnett - ARC Laureate Fellow and Future Islands project lead, Melbourne University
  • Dr Anne Poelina - Nyikina Traditional Custodian, Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated
  • More to come

This Summit is the culmination of a nationwide consultation process. Over this consultation, Future Earth Australia and its partners convened people in every state and territory to enquire as to how we might rethink adaptation in light of the deep transformation required in Australia’s society and economy, what are our strengths, weaknesses and the range of adaptation policies over the years, and how we can bring community knowledge and preferences into adaptation planning. 

You can find the summary of our national discussion here.

You can find the full synthesis of our national discussion here.

Registration will be by donation to Future Earth Australia, to enable it to continue it's important work of convening collaboration between sectors, experts and communities on our Nation's most significant sustainability challenges.


Day 1: Knowledge Perspectives Across Oceania

Day 2: Financing and Enabling Climate Adaptation at Scale

Day 3: Systemic Adaptation and Human Dimensions

Day 4: Early Career Researcher and Practitioner Day

Each day will feature three plenaries from 11:00AM to 3:00PM Australian Eastern Standard Time. 

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