Promoting Excellence in Adaptation: Climate Adaptation Futures: The 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference
This factsheet describes the “Climate Adaptation Futures Preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change” Conference (co-hosted by NCCARF and the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship). As one of the first international meetings focusing solely on climate impacts and adaptation, the conference brought together over 1000 scientists and decision makers from developed and developing countries. The conference participants represented 50 different countries and while just over half of the participants were from research institutions, there was a strong representation of industry, private consultants, non-government organisations and other community and international agencies. Importantly, this opened the dialogue between research, policy and on-ground practitioners on how robust adaptation decision making can proceed in the face of uncertainly. Conference delegates identified existing major climate change adaptation issues, which were categorised into four major themes: action; uncertainty; integration and engagement/communication (further details are within the Factsheet). The conference highlighted the need for more effort at all levels to make adaptation policy and practice a reality, with greater investment in both adaptation research and implementation essential to make this happen.