Excellence in Climate Change Adaptation

URPS was proud to sponsor the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Conference recently held on the Gold Coast. This important event brings together researchers and practitioners from the community, government and business sectors to share leading practice in climate change adaptation, and to consider how science and policy can work together to inform sound decision making.

Nicole Halsey, Director of URPS, together with Mark Siebentritt of Seed Consulting Services, facilitated a participatory session with conference delegates that explored practical approaches to the consideration of climate change impacts on decision making. We had already used the showcase process successfully with stakeholder groups around South Australia as part of regional climate adaptation planning.

Nicole, along with Victoria Haupt of URPS, also gave a presentation on experiences of values-based adaptation planning in South Australia that puts people at the centre of tackling climate change at the local and regional levels.

The conference highlight was the recognition of the Cities of Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Marion and Mitcham as “2014 National Climate Adaptation Champions” for the Resilient South project.

URPS is proud to have led the multi-disciplinary consultant team that worked closely with these 4 councils and nearly 150 stakeholders to deliver a Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Southern Adelaide described by NCCARF Director, Professor Jean Palutikof, as “the benchmark for local government response to climate change”.

Nicole and Victoria returned to Adelaide energised, inspired and confident of South Australia’s position at the forefront of climate change adaptation planning in Australia.