Identifying gaps and finding best practice in assessing, managing and building resilience to climate emergencies’

Event Cost: 
Graduate House, The University of Melbourne
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) with support from the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI), the NCCARF ARN for Emergency Management and the University of Melbourne invites you to a one day Think Tank addressing Climate Change Risk, Resilience and Response.

The event will identify strategies for policy and research to assist Local and State Governments reduce impacts from climate related disasters on Settlements and Infrastructure. It seeks specifically to identify ways to improve  strategic decision-making that will help avoid path dependencies and maximise flexibility for future adaptation (in both mitigation and disaster response).

The Think Tank brings together expert participants including researchers from across Australia, Victorian policymakers and operational decision-makers in Local and Regional Government. Keynote speakers include Dr Kate White, Senior Lead, Global and Climate Change, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) who will provide a US perspective and Professor John Handmer, Network Convenor, NCCARF ARN for Emergency Management with presentations from Karyn Bosomworth, RMIT Centre for Risk and Community Safety and Dr Vinayak Dixit, UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation.

As a lead up to the Think Tank, organisers have arranged a Field Trip to the City of Port Phillip on Tuesday afternoon, 8 May. When responding to this invitation please indicate your interest in attending the Field Trip.

This innovative event facilitated by Geoff Brown, Tangent Consulting, has been developed to build shared understanding, identify positive success factors for climate disaster management and produce a set of tangible recommendations for future policy and research.

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