AARES Symposium 2008

AARES National Symposium
"Climate, Water and Adaptive Responses"
22-23 May 2008, Adelaide, SA

About the symposium:

Climate change challenges natural resource users and policy makers across Australia to examine the current practices and policies in recent years with increasing concerns over productivity, social wellbeing and ecosystem health. It also provides great opportunities to explore adaptive management and policy options in response to systemic changes.
The symposium is an important event for anyone interested in the adaptive responses to climate change and management of natural and environmental resources and will consist of invited papers with particular focus on water, climate change and adaptive management strategies and policies. We have assembled an interesting and informative program of speakers to facilitate discussions through two linked sessions:

Evening Session: 6pm onward Thursday 22 May

How do the choices we have made, choices we are making and choices we make in the future affect the water and climate policy decisions we make now? These issues will be tackled by a panel discussion and keynote speaker:
  • Phillip Glyde, Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Day Session: 8:30am to 5pm Friday 23 May

Further developing on the challenges raised in the evening session, the day session will explore in more detail the economics and policy issues relevant to climate and water. Keynote speakers include:
  • Blair Comley, Deputy Secretary, Department of Climate Change, will comment on the role for economics in tackling future climate change policy challenges.
  • John Quiggin, Professor of Economics, University of Queensland, will argue that discussions of responses to climate change has been bedevilled by a spurious dichotomy between adaptation and mitigation, and that adaptation and mitigation are complements, not substitutes.
  • Jason Alexandra, Director Water Policy Coordination, Murray-Darling Basin Commission, will address the challenges of setting policy at a Basin scale given the unprecedented changes taking place. He suggest that a radical step change in the architecture of MDB institutional governance may be necessary in this new era to deal with system uncertainty and complexity.
  • Mike Young, Professor and Research Chair of Water Economics and Management, University of Adelaide, will explain his proposal for a future-proofed basin with institutional rules that can facilitate adaptation to rapidly changing climate conditions in the Murray Darling Basin.
  • Richard Howitt, Professor and Head of Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, will provide insight into how the arid area of California is struggling with climate-induced water scarcity and how leading researchers have evaluated a wide range of policy and adaptive responses.
  • Brian Fisher, Vice President, CRA International, will speak on the political economy and institutional challenges associated with developing and implementing Australian climate change policy.
  • Martin Van Bueren, Senior Manager, Allen Consulting, will examine the science of climate change and interpret what it means for water policy, businesses and government. He will outline the potential risks and economic impacts facing the irrigated agriculture, and urban water users and explore strategies for responding to the identified risks.
  • Jim McColl, Research Fellow, CSIRO Land and Water, will bring historical perspective to the symposium. He will question whether in fact the climate change adaptation challenge is much different than other structural adjustment challenges faced by the sector in the past. He will consider the type and extent of public intervention best suited to facilitate adaptation and structural change.
  • Jeff Connor, Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water, will consider how Commonwealth plans for investment in the Murray could be viewed as a millennial opportunity to re-invent basin landscapes and regional economies consistently with the modern climate and economic realities, technologies and social and environmental preferences.
Download a copy of the Symposium program here.
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