Guide to the Parallel Sessions
For the convenience of conference participants, we have organized the parallel sessions into areas of common interest, or ‘threads’. In deciding which parallel session to attend, it may help you to follow a thread. But this is only provided as a guide – there is no requirement to stay with a single thread throughout the conference.
Thread 1 – Understanding and communicating adaptation»
A session on Water explores innovations for climate change adaptation in water sector. There is significant focus on managing the impacts of seasonality of surface flows, extreme events (including higher peak flows, longer and perhaps deeper droughts), seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers, changes in overall amounts of precipitation, and changes in demand that are related to increased temperatures.
Two sessions on Ecosystems will address questions around:
- - What constitutes a dangerous level of climate change for species and ecosystems and how should ecosystem vulnerability be communicated to policy makers and the broader public?
- - Can human action decrease the vulnerability of ecosystems (including costs, benefits, barriers and limits)?
- - Is enhancing resilience of ecosystems the most appropriate approach?
Two sessions on ‘Adapting agriculture to climate change: implications for food producers and food security’ look at the wide range of adaptations that are implemented to offset risks and use opportunities arising from climate change. Climate is a major driver of agriculture and requires adaptation responses from farm-level adjustments to maintain production and sustainability to large-scale policy changes related to the nature of farming in Australia and food security challenges.
The IPCC Fourth Assessment pinpointed those locations most at risk from climate change: the Arctic, Africa, Asian megadeltas, and small islands. In this thread, we look at responses for a sub-set of these: adaptation in the Tropics (1 session), along coasts, in deltas and on small islands (2 sessions). These regions are at the forefront of attempts to adapt to climate change, and many of the experiences in these locations today will inform adaptation planning in future.
The two sessions on Climate extremes and disaster management explore the interface between the disaster management and climate change adaptation community, for floods, droughts and wind storm. Amongst the themes covered, we will look at trade-offs and synergies between short-term responses and long-term adaptation, tool kits and interrelationships between vulnerability, adaptive capacity and action.
This theme explores some of these issues. There are two sessions on ‘Adaptation and the community’, which will test the widely-held view that adaptation should take place locally and be integrated into development activities. The success of community-based adaptation (CBA) will be explored through case studies, and the interactions between CBA and other, more ‘top-down’, approaches to adaptation, will be explored.
This theme will explore adaptation to address climate change impacts on human health, wellbeing and welfare through two sessions, one around ‘Human security, social and equity issues’ and one on ‘Human health’. A session on ‘Engineering solutions for adaptation’ completes this theme.