Climate Adaptation Ambassadors' Workshop: Steering research through to policy and action


In order to “adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate,” which is the mission of the Deep South Challenge, we need to better understand climate change impacts and implications, and we also need to raise our collective expertise in navigating the science–policy–business landscape.

This workshop aims to support and develop a community of “climate ambassadors,”
who can champion an informed and proactive climate adaptation agenda in research, policy, the public and private sectors and within local communities.

Participants will learn from real-world adaptation case studies, with a focus on local government, policy and business. You will have opportunities for cross-sector conversations, to share your own expertise and experience, and to learn from other practitioners in climate science, local government and business.

This workshop will also build on participants’ existing knowledge and needs. We’ll take time to identify practical pathways and policy levers, as well as opportunities for you to build new networks and action plans.

Who is this event for?
This first workshop, held in Wellington, will focus specifically on the connection between research and decision-making in local and regional government. If you’re a local government professional, a consultant to local government, or a community member interested in the way government can set its climate adaptation agenda, this workshop is for you. We encourage researchers to participate, especially emerging voices in climate change impacts and implications. The workshop will help you build new connections and gain confidence in enabling knowledge transfer from research to policy and action.

The future
We’ll be holding similar workshops in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin throughout 2018. Feedback from these events will inform a second phase in 2019. In this way we hope to build a community of influential ambassadors who can support local and national communities to engage and adapt safely and smoothly to our changing climate.

Registrations close 20 April and places are limited. Register using this link here.

Price: $175+GST (If cost is a barrier, please email us)

Please download a copy of the programme and the workshop flyer here.