|Climate change capacity building|
Principles of Effective Marine Climate Change Adaptation
Client: NCCARF and GBRMPA
Working for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), CZM consultants Ania Niedzwiadek and Robert Kay reviewed outcomes from a stakeholder workshop ‘Bringing Adaptation to Life' and synthesised outcomes into a series of principles to provide guidance to adaptation practitioners. Working with key industry representatives, a series of hypothetical storylines were developed which showed the principles in action in key marine industries, such as tourism, commercial fishing and aquaculture. The principles are available online from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
ICCAI Climate and Ocean Programs in the Pacific, Consultation Workshop
Client: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
CZM were contracted to design and facilitate a five-day consultation workshop with Pacific island countries, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 11-15 April 2011. Over 60 people attended from across the Pacific, with representatives from AusAID, DCCEE and Australian scientific organisations (Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, and CSIRO) supporting the workshop. The workshop aimed to gain a clear understanding of stakeholder priorities to inform the design of the next phase of climate and ocean program activities in the Pacific, and was carefully designed to optimise participant feedback while ensuring a genuine two-way dialogue.
NCCARF National Adaptation Research PlansClient: NCCARF and Grifith University, Canberra/Brisbane, Australia. Overview:
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) aims to lead the national research community to generate the information needed by government, business and the community to manage climate change impacts. NCCARF was established in early 2008 and is hosted by Griffith University in partnership with seven other universities and the Queensland Government.
A key establishment phase task of NCCARF is to complete eight National Adaptation Research Plans (NARPs). The NARPs are an important tool for coordinating and focussing climate change adaptation research across Australia. The plans identify critical gaps in the information available to decision-makers in key vulnerable sectors and regions, set national research priorities, and identify science capacity that could be harnessed to conduct priority research. These NARPs are being developed around a number of priority themes.
The team at CZM, led by Richard McKeller, are assisting managing staff at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) to complete the remaining five National Adaptation Research Plans (NARPs). Complementary implementation plans are also being developed along side the research plans, as well as calls for expressions of interest (EOIs) for research priority areas.
ICCAI Consultation Workshop with the Pacific and Timor LesteClient: AusAID and Department of Climate Change, Australia. Overview:
CZM was approached by the Department of Climate Change to design and facilitate a four-day regional workshop on the International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ICCAI). Held in Brisbane from 17-20 March 2009, ninety-seven participants from 15 countries in the Pacific region and Timor Leste attended, as well as representatives from Australian government agencies and other guest speakers.
Attendees provided extremely positive formal and informal feedback about the Workshop. It was regarded as a unique event in bringing together so many representatives from Pacific nations to talk about climate change adaptation in a culturally sensitive way.
Outcomes from the workshop provided feedback on the suite of activities proposed for the region under the ICCAI, and assisted AusAID and DCC in programming the initiative.
Future Proofing the EMRC RegionClient: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), Perth, Australia.
The EMRC represents six member Councils. Member councils are situated from the edge of the Perth CBD, along the Swan River, to the Swan Valley. This region incorporates a variety of social and economic values, including heritage and cultural attractions, agricultural land and world-class wineries. To ensure these valuable assets are protected and maintained, the EMRC sought support through the Local Adaptation Pathways Program (LAPP) to investigate climate change risks posed to the region and its constituents.
Key aims of the project were to identify and prioritise EMRC members' risk to climate change and develop an adaptation plan to address these risks. Through a mentoring-driven approach with EMRC staff and coordinators within each EMRC member Council, CZM assessed the strategic-level vulnerability of the EMRC region to climate change. The EMRC, mentored by CZM, then developed a climate change adaptation action plan.
Outcomes from the assessment were structured to enable each member Council to readily interpret information related to their respective areas. In addition, the Council now have improved capacity in undertaking climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning.
LAPP Phase II Proposal DraftingClient: Office of Climate Change, Perth, Australia. Overview:
Funding for Phase II of the Federal Local Adaptation Pathways Project, aimed at assisting local Councils to integrate climate change risk assessment into their broader decision-making processes, was made available for local councils across Australia in mid 2009.
CZM was approached by the State Office of Climate Change to assist Councils in preparing their Expressions of Interest to receive LAPP funding. CZM drafted the LAPP Phase II Experssions of Interest for:
The project involved close consultation with the Councils and the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) to develop proposals aimed at assessing the vulnerability of member Councils to the impacts of climate change and providing a regionally coordinated approach to climate adaptation. The Project proposals aimed to develop a regionally specific Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan that recognised the differential capacity between the regional centre and the adjoining rural Councils.
Local Government LAPP Risk Assessment WorkshopClient: Office of Climate Change, Perth, Australia.
As part of the Federal LAPP funding program, CZM facilitated and presented a training workshop for local Governments.
The workshop, aimed at potential LAPP applicants and other local Government members, provided an overview of the local-scale application of the Commonwealth risk assessment framework Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management: A Guide for Business and Government, the strengths and limitations of the framework, and how to go about conducting an assessment.
Held in conjunction with a climate change expert from the CSIRO, Mr. Kevin Hennessey, the project also included development of a supporting workshop Resource Guide.
As a result of the workshop, local Governments were better informed about the risk assessment framework, allowing more informed decision-making around LAPP funding applications.
Workshops and training program for non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCCClient: UNDP National Communications Support Program, Samoa, Uruguay and Bangkok.
As part of the National Communications Support Programme (NCSP), CZM convened, facilitated and coordinated a number of training programmes for non-Annex I parties to the UNFCCC, focused on training to deliver effective National Communications.
In 2007, programs were designed for hands-on training in Samoa and Uruguay. Training incorporated field visits, classroom-style activities and workshop exercises. In addition to training and facilitation roles, CZM developed comprehensive background documents to guide participants at the expert workshops.
As part of the project, in 2008, CZM facilitated the NCSP Workshop on Second National Communications with emphasis on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments for Asian Countries. This latter workshop was held in Bangkok.
Resource Guide on Preparing National Communications of non-Annex I CountriesClient: UNFCCC Secretariat, Bonn, Germany.
In providing support to non-Annex I Countries, CZM drafted a module on Vulnerability and Adaptation (V&A) to be included in the UNFCCC Resource Guide for Preparing the National Communications of non-Annex I Countries.
The Resource Guide was released at the Conference of the Parties in Poznan (COP 14), in December 2008. Developed as a prototype guide to assist non-Annex I Parties to prepare the vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) section of their national communications, the module included a synthesis of existing UNFCCC resources (and other global resources) on climate change V&A methods and tools.
Download the Resource Guide from the UNFCCC website.
Workshop: Exchange of Experiences and Good Practices among non-Annex I PartiesClient: UNFCCC Secretariat, Bonn, Germany.
CZM provided expertise to support the Financial and Technical Support (FTS) Programme of the UNFCCC Secretariat, in fulfilling part of its mandate to support the activities of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE).
Principal Consultant Dr Robert Kay facilitated a workshop on Exchange of Experiences and Good Practices Among non-Annex I Parties, held in Cairo in September 2007.
The workshop aimed to improve the process of preparing National Communications, through the sharing of good practices among experts. In addition, the workshop trained experts from non-Annex I countries on how to fulfil certain reporting requirements using the template prepared by the CGE.
In working with such a diverse stakeholder group, innovative facilitation techniques were applied to obtain information on experiences and lessons learned in applying the CGE template.
CZM were professional, flexible and innovative in their approach and were patient and understanding of Council considerations, processes and procedures. The City now has a practical and Mandurah-specific action plan to adapt to coastal climate change impacts.
Senior Climate Change Officer, City of Mandurah