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Prosperity in a changing climate symposium

23 - 24 November 2017

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

A symposium for practitioners, experts and officials looking to grow the Australian sector for climate change services and explore international opportunities.  

Delegates attended from climate adaptation, water management, low-carbon energy solutions, international trade, built environment, urban design and planning, policy and governance.

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Keynote speaker: The Honorable Christopher J. Loeak  

Christopher Loeak was President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands – one of only four low-lying coral atoll nations in the world – and is an Iroij (traditional chief) of the Ralik Island Chain. As President from 2012-2106 Loeak established the Marshall Islands as a world leader in the fight against climate change. In 2013 he hosted the biggest Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting in history that resulted in the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership which was personally presented to the UN Secretary-General, and in 2014 he attracted worldwide media attention when he released a “video address to the world” in front of a sea wall he had built in front of his family home.  Throughout 2015 Loeak travelled extensively in the lead-up to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, including to personally meet with United States President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and French President Francois Hollande. The Marshall Islands leadership of a ‘High Ambition Coalition’ of more than 100 countries in Paris ultimately proved pivotal, with many key elements of the Paris Agreement first introduced into the negotiating text by Loeak’s team.  See more speech extracts

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Day 1: Friday 23 November

Session Themes

International and financial perspectives on climate change services

  • Sandy Pitcher, CEO of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Martin Haese, Lord Mayor of Adelaide, City of Adelaide
  • Mark Stafford-Smith, Head of Adaptation Research, CSIRO
  • Andrew Stock, Climate Council, Premier’s Climate Council

Emerging trends in resilience, development and finance: international and national perspectives
Chair: Mark Stafford -Smith, CSIRO

  • Julia Hartelius Senior Program Lead – Disaster Law, International Programs
  • Jai O’Toole, Emergency Services Manager, Australian Red Cross
  • Akhil Abraham, Senior Policy Adviser on Political & Global Issues, Climate & Energy British High Commission
  • Nathan Gray, Asia Australis
  • Crystal Fleming, General Manager, Investor Group on Climate Change

Adaptation and resilience moving from plans to mainstreaming (1)

  • Chair: Nicole Halsey, URPS
  • With: Outback Communities Authority, Resilient South, Resilient Hills and Coast, Arup (Victoria), CSIRO

Adaptation and resilience moving from plans to mainstreaming (2)

  • Chair: Rohan Hamden, XDI Cross Sector Initiative
  • With: Resilient Melbourne, Edge Consulting, University of Adelaide,  Investor Group on Climate Change, NCCARF

Transition to a low carbon economy

  • Chair: Mark Siebentritt, Climate Change Services Australia
  • With: Department of Water, Environment And natural resources (DEWNR), SA, Siemens, Carbon Neutral Adelaide, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

Energy market in transition

  • Chair:  John O’Brien, Australian CleanTech
  • With: SA Energy Plan, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Australian Energy Market Operator, Low Carbon Economy Unit, SA (Hydrogen Road Map), Heliostat SA

Panel: Collaboration & “Coopetition” – mindsets for a thriving sector ecosystem What does clustering mean in practice? How do potential competitors become collaborators? Including a case study of the Sponge City consortium – a joint venture business now operating in Shandong province, China.  

  • Chair:  John O’Brien, Australian CleanTech
  • With Australia-China Sponge City Consortium, Water Industry Alliance, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA, Industry Capability Network, Liveability Victoria International

Panel: Entrepreneurship in the climate change services sector  This workshop was held in partnership with Adelaide Smart City Studio for a smarter, better connected city.

  • Chair: Kirk Drage, Adelaide City Smart Studio
  • With: Climate-KIC Australia, Balance Carbon,

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Day 2: Friday 24 November

Choice of one session is included with Day 1 ticket. Single registrations available.

Climate Change Services Australia workshop: Mapping sector capability Help map the growing capabilities of the “climate change adaptation” sector to inform a reference guide of the offerings within the sector.

Making the most of energy and water for wineries, irrigators and food producers Get practical tips on how climate impacts energy and water, and strategies to manage demand and control costs. Hosted by the South Australian Wine Industry Association. See more

Community Renewable Energy Masterclass (8am–3pm)   Financial models for community-owned solar power projects. For councils, not for profits and community groups. Hosted by Frontier Impact Group. Supported by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and SA Government. Free for council and community groups. See more


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