Workshop invitation and launch of draft National Research Priorities

The Governance Theme of the SEI Network launched the draft National Adaptation Research Plan for the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change for consultation (SEI NARP) at Murdoch University in Perth on the 29th August.  The SEI NARP will be endorsed by the Australian Government and outline priority themes for future research and we invite you to contribute to this important document. CLICK HERE to access the draft NARP open for public comment.

The launch also aimed to share knowledge about the:
• National Adaptation Research Priorities (NARP);
• Coastal adaptation challenges and responses in Fremantle and Mossman Park, and;
• NCCARF CoastAdapt tool.


Early Career Researcher Workshop

The SEI Network was proud to have partnered with the National Coast to Coast conference 2016 to deliver our Early Career Researcher and Practitioner workshop. The Coast to Coast Conference was held in Melbourne from 29 August to 01 September 2016. The first day of the program was a Marine and Coastal Workshop day with a number of workshops being planned including the SEI networks Early Career Researcher and Practitioner workshop. We aimed to deliver an innovative workshop with a focus of sharing best practice climate change adaptation knowledge between early career researchers and practitioners.

The focus of the workshop was to share best practice climate change adaptation knowledge as it relates to the social, economic and institutional dimensions.
The workshop will include;
• Presentations from leading adaptation experts;
• Workshop discussion exploring adaptation challenges, strategies and successes;
• Discussion about the National Adaptation Research Plan.
Stay tuned to hear about how our workshop went, with 24 participants there was alot of opportunities for knowledge sharing. Any further queries please contact the SEI Network Coordinator Sarah Connor, sconnor@usc.edu.au


Theme Peer Learning Events

A peer learning event is planned for each of the 4 sector themes (NGO Theme, Business/Industry Theme, Indigenous & Government) and will bring together sector based participants from around Australia to share knowledge and skills and facilitate communities of practice. These events will follow a workshop format and will be held in various locations in 2016. If you would like to register your interest please send an email to sei-network-admin@usc.edu.au.


Indigenous Theme Peer Learning Events

Two Indigenous peer learning events have been held to exchange knowledge and experiences of climate change adaptation issues and projects across Aboriginal Australia. The first was held in Mission Beach and targeted Aboriginal rangers working on a daily basis on Country. The second event was held in Adelaide and followed on from the Aboriginal led consultation held in Mission Beach. This event was also Aboriginal led, but this time targeted Aboriginal people in leadership positions. Climate change issues are being felt by Indigenous peoples at an environmental, economic and cultural levels and constraints such as a lack of research and ongoing resources were discussed at both events. The important of teh true exchange of knowledge was also highlighted. Further information will be explored in the production of a short documentary film which will be made available on this site.


Business and Industry Theme Peer Learning Event

The next in our series of Peer Learning events was held by the Business and Industry Theme in Melbourne on the 19th August at the Swinburne Institute of Technology. This workshop aimed to;
• To explore the challenges and successes for the business and industry sector in progressing climate change adaptation;
• To exchange climate change adaptation knowledge and information;
• To identify climate change adaptation research priorities and gaps;
• To identify future opportunities for knowledge exchange and information sharing and;
• To support collaboration and network building that will assist the business and industry sector.

This even was well attended with various sectors represented from engineeers, achitects and manufacturers.  Key gaps in knowledge and information sharing both within and between sectors was discussed along with the lack of financial incentives for business and industry. Opportunities such as utilising exisiting networks was also explored. A Guidance Brief exploring these issues will be produced and available on this site.

Government Theme Peer Learning event 2016

The Government Theme Peer Learning Event (PLE) was held on the 16th May and hosted by Canberra Urban and Regional Futures at the University of Canberra. The PLE was followed by a panel session comprised of representatives from the three tiers of government that was open to the public. A robust discussion was led by; Antonio Mozqueira (ACT Government), Kate Rodgers (Australian Government), Norm Leneham (Eurobodalla Shire Council) and Simon Holloway (Queanbeyan-Palerang Council). One topic the panel explored is how climate change adaptation research has burgeoned in recent times, and yet the overlay into policy at all levels of government in Australia has seen mixed results to date. CLICK HERE to access the audio file


Non-Government Organisation Theme Peer Learning Event 2016

The NGO Theme held their Peer Learning event on the 3rd March and was a great success with a broad range of NGO's attending. We have combined the learnings from this event and developed a Guidance Brief - Lessons from NGO's Turning challenges into successes and sharing lessons HERE.


Call for Case Studies and Snapshots 

NCCARF is seeking full case studies and snapshots of coastal climate change adaptation to include in its Coastal Tool, currently under preparation and due for release in beta form in August 2016. These full case studies and snapshots will be practical demonstrations of real-world actions to adapt to climate change in the coastal zone, and should illustrate lessons learned, effective strategies and potential pitfalls.

A prize will be awarded to the ‘best’ full case study and the ‘best’ snapshot. These prizes will be awarded publicly at the 2016 NCCARF/CSIRO 2016 Climate Adaptation conference.

For further information click here.