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March 2014

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Director's message
Conference 2014
Adaptation Champions
AdaptNRM Project


Upcoming events

Climate Adaptation Futures

12-16 May 2014
Fortaleza Ceara - Brazil

More: adaptationfutures2014.

Climate Adaptation 2014: Future Challenges

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2014
Gold Coast - Australia


Recent publications

Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change

This volume presents 18 case studies of natural disasters from around the world and looks at what moves people to adapt, which adaptation activities succeed and which fail and the underlying reasons for success or failure.
More info here... 


For all of NCCARF's publications and reports visit:

NCCARF Director, Professor Jean PalutikofNCCARF - Preparing for Phase 2

Here in NCCARF, we are very much looking forward to starting operations again on 1st July 2014. In the nine months since we closed Phase 1 of NCCARF, we have not been idle. Our main activity has been the production of an edited book based on the research projects undertaken in Phase 1. We delivered the manuscript to the publishers, Wiley, in February. Under the title Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation, the book contains 49 chapters divided into 9 sections covering every aspect of adaptation. Forty of these chapters are written by people involved in the NCCARF research programs, and our thanks go to them for their willingness to participate in this project. Then, to give the book an international dimension, we asked nine well-known people working in adaptation across the world to contribute short ‘think-pieces’ to head each section. These contributors range from Susi Moser, well-known to many of you, contributing a piece titled Raising the Seas, Rising to Greatness? Meeting the Challenge of Coastal Climate Change, through to Frans Berkhout, currently Director of Future Earth, writing on Adaptation to Climate Change by Business Organisations. We are very excited about this book – it is a valuable contribution to the international climate adaptation literature, and a clear indication of the success of NCCARF Phase 1 activities.
Since February, we have been working to prepare for NCCARF Phase 2. The emphasis will be on developing support for local governments in the coastal zone to enable them to incorporate sea-level rise and climate change into decision-making. Some local governments are already a considerable distance towards this goal – they have built alliances with neighbouring councils to evaluate their vulnerability and assess their exposure to risk. They are developing adaptation strategies, and identifying the actions they need to take in order to build resilience. We can think of the Peron Naturaliste group of councils in Western Australia, and Sydney Coastal Councils in New South Wales, for example. But other councils have moved very little distance towards evaluating their exposure. NCCARF will be working to provide these councils with the tools they need, and the knowledge and capacity to act in order to evaluate exposure and develop adaptation strategies. To undertake this and other tasks, the Commonwealth will provide $9 million over 3 years. We are currently working with the Department of Environment to scope out a more detailed program of work.


Australia’s next national conference on adapting to climate change, Climate Adaptation 2014, will be held on the Gold Coast from 30 September – 2 October 2014 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland.

More info and registration at

Abstracts are now open and we are looking for presentations from practitioners, decision-makers and researchers on their experiences in managing and planning for adaptation, case studies of adaptation and research projects related to climate change adaptation. For more info visit the conference website.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far include:


Dr Debra RobertsThe challenge of adapting large developing coastal cities: some reflections from South Africa

Dr Debra Roberts, Head, Environmental Planning and Climate Change Department, Ethewini Municipality.


Brigadier General (US Army, Retired) Gerald E. GallowayFlood risk and climate change: 21st century US challenging realities

Brigadier General (US Army, Retired) Gerald E. Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Dr Andy ReisingerIPCC5 and Australia. Update from one of the lead authors of the Australasia Chapter of IPCC5

Andy Reisinger, Deputy Director New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.

Nominate a champion

2014 Climate Adaptation Champions

Each year, NCCARF highlights the actions of people, communities, industries and companies leading the way in climate change adaptation. We are starting the search for the 2014 champions. Do you know someone making a difference on the ground in climate change adaptation? If so, we want to hear about them!

The NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions program is designed to identify and recognise the quiet achievers making a difference at the sharp end of climate change adaptation. Champions include people, organisations and projects that are actively changing behaviour, techniques, businesses 
and policies to adapt to a changing climate.

NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions include:
  • excellent communicators, actively involved in exchanging the knowledge needed for climate adaptation;
  • people, groups and governments actively involved in making decisions that take climate change impacts into account;
  • leaders in their field, assisting others to adapt to a changing 
  • climate; and
  • inventors, designers and businesses leading the way with 
  • innovative ways to adapt.

NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions will be chosen in four categories: Individual, Community, Business and government.

Entrants must address at least one of these five main topics:
1. Adaptation for prosperity 
2. Communicating for climate adaptation 
3. Helping the natural environment 
4. Climate-adapted city life 
5. Resilient communities


Sydney Water receive their Climate Adaptation Champion award in 2013
Sydney Water, 2013 Climate Adaptation Champion (Business), receiving their award at the 2013 Climate Adaptation Conference.

Brian Foster, 2013 Climate Adaptation Champion (Individual), received his award for his continued service to NRM groups and farm communities on the Eyre Peninsula.  
Champions will be awarded at the 2014 Climate Adaptation Conference on the Gold Coast. Champions will receive a free trip to the conference, including registration, travel and accommodation.

Nominate online  or visit for more information

Nominations close 30 June 2014

AdaptNRM Project

NRM groups have been involved in developing NRM plans for their regions for long periods of time, but as yet, have not fully accounted for climate change impacts. Climate change will have a direct effect on natural resources and human communities that are the focus of NRM groups. At the same time climate change will exacerbate existing pressures managed by NRM.
As part of the Australian Government’s Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund, NCCARF and CSIRO have been funded to develop the national AdaptNRM project. We have just completed Module 1 – the Adaptation Planning Checklist.
The Checklist has been developed to support NRM planners to take stock of their plans, evaluate the degree of climate readiness, and assess the forms of action that are required to develop a climate ready plan. The approach has been designed to be consistent with planning approaches already used by NRM groups, from adaptive management to resilience and risk management frameworks.
The checklist uses a generalised planning framework to organise specific ideas about why and how planning approaches may need to shift to be effective under a changing climate. The ideas are posed as self-reflective questions, so NRM groups can consider whether their existing approaches are sufficient, need slight modification, or need to be replaced with different approaches. Examples, tools and case studies are used throughout to illustrate the process.

The AdaptNRM website will be made publicly available soon. 

To hear more or discuss further, please contact David Rissik, or Sarah Boulter

NCCARF Partners


Contact NCCARF

Jean Palutikof

Sarah Boulter
Research Fellow

David Rissik
Deputy Director General Manager

Jenny West
Business & Operations Manager
National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Qld Australia 4222
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333
The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained within.
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